TRIBECA LOFT

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The primary goals for this this ex-industrial loft apartment were to replace the worn-out functional elements like the kitchen and bathroom while restoring cherished historical elements like the undulating plaster ceiling and cast iron column. The unique plaster ceiling was restored wherever it was exposed, and the cast iron column and window wall were stripped and clear-coated. In addition, the interior brick walls were stripped, re-pointed and finished with a clear masonry sealant, and the maple block floors were patched and refinished.

The new work was conceived as a zone of contemporary residential functions inserted into this restored industrial shell. At the main living space, this insertion is manifested as a delicate, glowing, finely detailed wall of cabinetry and venetian plaster that contrasts with the rugged industrial components of the perimeter. This new component incorporates all the necessities -- appliances, equipment, storage, lighting and H.V.A.C. -- while also establishing a division between the public and private zones of the loft.