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Midtown Loft
New York

This nearly 3,000 square foot penthouse loft has windows on all four sides affording close-up views of the Empire State Building and other midtown landmarks. It had been previously subdivided into a maze of dark spaces that worked against the nature of the site. In addition to taking maximum advantage of light and views, the client, an accomplished amateur pianist, also wanted a space he could use for music recitals.

While the kitchen and bathrooms were left in their original locations with only the finishes changed, the loft as a whole has been re-configured to create a sensation of a light-filled and expansive space. The private quarters are discretely separated by a long hallway, and most of the functional elements are hidden from view by built-ins.

Mobile planar surfaces made of translucent laminated glass and high-gloss aircraft paint define the boundaries of the main space and screen off the kitchen, elevators and storage areas. White maple floors, ebonized ceiling-height room entry doors and a framework of raw steel structural supports are all used to enhance the abstract character of the space.