This midtown Manhattan loft apartment is located on West 42nd street; it began as two smaller single exposure apartments. The opportunity arose for the client to buy the adjacent apartment and combine the two to create a much larger apartment. The space located off the apartment entrance was light-deficient but was also quite expansive allowing the opportunity to create a range of uses. Through two separate semi-transparent and flexible wood interventions, the primary space of the loft was developed into a series of support spaces for the owner.
The first move was to create a ribbed quarter-sawn oak and glass wall at the entrance. This wall provides both an entrance foyer and a home office for the Owner in the area that was previously the darkest portion of both apartments. By creating a new semi-transparent wall of wood and glass, light is borrowed from the South-facing windows to this newly programmed core while retaining some degree of visual privacy for the home office. Across the hall the existing studs were re-used, clerestory windows added and then the existing bath, bed and kitchen wall were clad in the same language of oak ribbing. This unifies the entry sequence and provides a new atmosphere in this part of the apartment.
The client wanted the living room to be used for entertaining but also have the ability to be further sectioned off into a guest retreat when needed. As a counter to the very intricate oak wood screen a simple maple-lined, painted white wood cabinet unit was located strategically to create a dining zone with a relationship to the kitchen. Within this freestanding dividing unit is hidden a sliding wood wall. This wall can be pulled out and locked into the Southern wall to create a guest bedroom or a quieter room within the otherwise open loft.