The design for an existing loft located in Greenwich Village in Manhattan explores the interaction between a gallery and living space. The main walls in the loft flow through the space, and together with articulated ceilings create hybrid conditions in which exhibition areas merge into living areas. While the walls form a calm and controlled backdrop for the works of art, the ceiling is more articulated in its expression of this transition. By interchanging luminous and opaque, the ceiling creates a field of ambient and local lighting conditions, forming an organizational element in the exhibition and the living areas. In addition the former windows in the South wall have been replaced by floor to ceiling glass panes that frame and extend compelling views, over a full glass balcony, toward downtown Manhattan.
UNStudio Ben van Berkel with Arjan Dingsté, Marianthi Tatari and Colette Parras
Advisors Executive architect: Franke, Gottsegen, Cox Architects, New York. Team: Matthew Gottsegen, Bruce Harvey, Matt Shoor Structural engineer: Wayman C. Wing Consulting Engineers, New York MEP: P.A. Collins PE Consulting Engineers, New York Lighting design: Renfro Design Group, Inc., New York Contractor: 3-D Laboratory, Inc. New York
Awards IALD Award of Merit 2011 28th International Lighting Design Awards