Manhattan Triplex

New York, NY

2011

The deft deployment of lighting and sumptuous materials serves to create a stunningly rich, yet simple living space in this Manhattan triplex. Originally three separate apartments in a pre-war building, this new, ultra modern manifestation uses refined details and a restricted color palette to create a cohesive environment. While the original layout of the floors remains relatively unchanged, the design addresses the needs and desires of contemporary living in an essay on natural and artificial light. By day, generous arrays of windows fill the living spaces with abundant sunlight. By night, artificial light, discreetly sourced, achieves a comparable glow.

©Peter Aaron/OTTO

Manhattan Triplex

New York, NY

2011

Elements, such as the wall of floor-to-ceiling cabinets that traverses the living room and kitchen, unify the residence while respecting the independent character of each room.

©Peter Aaron/OTTO
©Peter Aaron/OTTO
©Peter Aaron/OTTO
©Peter Aaron/OTTO
©Peter Aaron/OTTO
©Michael Moran/OTTO
©Michael Moran/OTTO

The original project for a duplex was completed in 2002. In 2008, the client purchased the apartment above the existing duplex for the dual purpose of a guest suite and retreat where the client can work.

©Michael Moran/OTTO

The concealed light fixtures and absence of hardware contribute to the minimalist character, as do the seemingly paper-thin white walls. Ribbons of light both define and smooth interior edges, causing wall, ceiling, and floor planes to visually dissolve.

©Michael Moran/OTTO
©Michael Moran/OTTO

Upon entering the study one encounters what appears to be a solid white lacquer wall, which upon closer inspection opens up to reveal a colorful wet bar and provide access to the bedroom and bathroom beyond.

©Michael Moran/OTTO
©Michael Moran/OTTO
©Michael Moran/OTTO

Playful moments of surprise occur throughout the apartment and provide a counterpoint to the refined aesthetic.

©Michael Moran/OTTO

Publications

Gorlin, Alexander. Creating the New American Town House. New York: Rizzoli, 2005.

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©Michael Moran/OTTO

Manhattan Triplex

New York, NY

2011

©Peter Aaron/OTTO

The deft deployment of lighting and sumptuous materials serves to create a stunningly rich, yet simple living space in this Manhattan triplex. Originally three separate apartments in a pre-war building, this new, ultra modern manifestation uses refined details and a restricted color palette to create a cohesive environment. While the original layout of the floors remains relatively unchanged, the design addresses the needs and desires of contemporary living in an essay on natural and artificial light. By day, generous arrays of windows fill the living spaces with abundant sunlight. By night, artificial light, discreetly sourced, achieves a comparable glow.

©Peter Aaron/OTTO

Elements, such as the wall of floor-to-ceiling cabinets that traverses the living room and kitchen, unify the residence while respecting the independent character of each room.

©Peter Aaron/OTTO
©Peter Aaron/OTTO
©Peter Aaron/OTTO
©Peter Aaron/OTTO
©Michael Moran/OTTO
©Michael Moran/OTTO
©Michael Moran/OTTO

The original project for a duplex was completed in 2002. In 2008, the client purchased the apartment above the existing duplex for the dual purpose of a guest suite and retreat where the client can work.

©Michael Moran/OTTO

The concealed light fixtures and absence of hardware contribute to the minimalist character, as do the seemingly paper-thin white walls. Ribbons of light both define and smooth interior edges, causing wall, ceiling, and floor planes to visually dissolve.

©Michael Moran/OTTO
©Michael Moran/OTTO

Upon entering the study one encounters what appears to be a solid white lacquer wall, which upon closer inspection opens up to reveal a colorful wet bar and provide access to the bedroom and bathroom beyond.

©Michael Moran/OTTO
©Michael Moran/OTTO
©Michael Moran/OTTO

Playful moments of surprise occur throughout the apartment and provide a counterpoint to the refined aesthetic.

©Michael Moran/OTTO

Publications

Gorlin, Alexander. Creating the New American Town House. New York: Rizzoli, 2005.

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