Lichtenstein Studio and Residence

New York, NY

1989

This early project involved the reconstruction of a 12,500-square-foot, two-story steel warehouse constructed circa 1912 into a studio and residence for artist Roy Lichtenstein. To free the interiors from unnecessary obstructions we redesigned the building’s structural system. Upon discovering that previous additions to the building obscured the original exterior brick load-bearing wall (now an interior wall) and a vault structure on the second level, we chose to restore these central features. Four new openings in the brick wall create access to the living areas. Built as true arches, the openings are accented by the client’s collection of cast iron pilasters.

©Michael Moran/OTTO

Lichtenstein Studio and Residence

New York, NY

1989

Constructed in 1912, the building first served as a steel shop, then as a supply house for recording components. Mid-century additions to the second story were supported by the installation of columns on the floor below, and led to the destruction of the original skylights. We removed these columns, replaced them with a more efficient structural system, and then installed new skylights. Now at the ground level there is a large, unobstructed, and abundantly day lit workspace.

©Michael Moran/OTTO
©Michael Moran/OTTO

Molded to fit the fingers and palm of the hand, the new handrails are cast in tinted concrete with a fine texture.

©Michael Moran/OTTO

The client’s collection of antique architectural fragments is integrated into the design to convey an abstract sense of history and continuity.

©Michael Moran/OTTO

We designed a penthouse for the top of the building to provide additional living quarters, and used this opportunity to bring natural light into the previously dark interior via new stairwells and roof skylights.

©Michael Moran/OTTO

Publications

“Comic-Strip Hero.” The World of Interiors, May 2004.

Vigano, Vanessa. “Abitare Nel Deposito.” Lighting Design & Technoshow, December 1993.

MacIsaac, Heather Smith. ”Primary Space.” House and Garden, July 1991.

Klotz, Heinrich, and Luminita Sabau, eds. New York Architecture 1970-1990. Munich: Prestel-Verlag, 1989.

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©Michael Moran/OTTO

Lichtenstein Studio and Residence

New York, NY

1989

©Michael Moran/OTTO

This early project involved the reconstruction of a 12,500-square-foot, two-story steel warehouse constructed circa 1912 into a studio and residence for artist Roy Lichtenstein. To free the interiors from unnecessary obstructions we redesigned the building’s structural system. Upon discovering that previous additions to the building obscured the original exterior brick load-bearing wall (now an interior wall) and a vault structure on the second level, we chose to restore these central features. Four new openings in the brick wall create access to the living areas. Built as true arches, the openings are accented by the client’s collection of cast iron pilasters.

©Michael Moran/OTTO

Constructed in 1912, the building first served as a steel shop, then as a supply house for recording components. Mid-century additions to the second story were supported by the installation of columns on the floor below, and led to the destruction of the original skylights. We removed these columns, replaced them with a more efficient structural system, and then installed new skylights. Now at the ground level there is a large, unobstructed, and abundantly day lit workspace.

©Michael Moran/OTTO
©Michael Moran/OTTO

Molded to fit the fingers and palm of the hand, the new handrails are cast in tinted concrete with a fine texture.

©Michael Moran/OTTO

The client’s collection of antique architectural fragments is integrated into the design to convey an abstract sense of history and continuity.

©Michael Moran/OTTO

We designed a penthouse for the top of the building to provide additional living quarters, and used this opportunity to bring natural light into the previously dark interior via new stairwells and roof skylights.

©Michael Moran/OTTO

Publications

“Comic-Strip Hero.” The World of Interiors, May 2004.

Vigano, Vanessa. “Abitare Nel Deposito.” Lighting Design & Technoshow, December 1993.

MacIsaac, Heather Smith. ”Primary Space.” House and Garden, July 1991.

Klotz, Heinrich, and Luminita Sabau, eds. New York Architecture 1970-1990. Munich: Prestel-Verlag, 1989.

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