Astor Place Loft

The 1500 square foot loft with a terrace is located on top of a twenty-two floor residential high-rise.The terrace commands a view of the East Village, framed by the Queensboro Bridge to the north and the Manhattan Bridge to the south. The clients, a young couple, who are both wine enthusiasts, requested a serene and open space to incorporate specific programmatic requirements ranging from daily living rituals to frequent entertaining functions. The design strategy was to separate/articulate 'primary' and 'support' functions. The 'primary' spaces are aligned and sequenced along the perimeter window wall, which acts as a porous plane with the Living/Kitchen/Dining/Master Bedroom on the inside and the Terrace on the outside. The visual perception of the perimeter window wall on the inside is a sequence of layered spaces, allowing the eye to traverse the length of the loft, through the apertures and transparencies of the furniture-like kitchen cabinetry as well as the glazed opening in the Master Bedroom wall. The 'support' spaces are arranged along the Entry wall as closets, the Powder Room/Master Bathroom/Walk-in Closet, defining also the spatial perimeter of the 'primary' spaces. In between the 'primary' and 'support' spaces a continuous diagonal line of sight is preserved to emphasize the spatial depth of the interior in parallel to the expansive view from the Terrace. Light, materials, colors and textures are used as a means of accentuating the visual and tactile experience of the loft, while references to the winemaking process provide abstracted forms and images. As natural daylight filters inward from the perimeter window wall, incandescent light illuminates the terrace and plantings outside, and both lights assume various characters ranging from warm glows to precise reflections as they encounter different materials such as wood, stone and stainless steel. The use of materials, such as the contrasting woods of ebony and ash of the Kitchen cabinetry, in conjunction with the stone fountain providing a quiet stream of water, as well as the wood clad circular wall of the Powder Room orchestrates to enhance the sensual perception of the space and evokes a calming ambiance.


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Entry facing Kitchen with zebra wood open sheves & vertical birch wood slats resting on stone slab countertop. "Wine barrel" Powder Room at right. Video narrative: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=paul+cha+architect&FORM=HDRSC3#view=detail&mid=13B5E26FEE22C83EE4E213B5E26FEE22C83EE4E2
“pipes to hold up shelving” — betheric
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Kitchen with birch wood slats at corner, stone slab facing & water trough with horizontal water sprout at right.
“Plants in the kitchen” — tsureshef
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Kitchen zebra wood open shelves to Living Room.
“Plants in the kitchen” — tsureshef
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Kitchen detail with stone slab wall & water trough with horizontal water sprout opening at right. Video narrative: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=paul+cha+architect&FORM=HDRSC3#view=detail&mid=13B5E26FEE22C83EE4E213B5E26FEE22C83EE4E2
“live flower display in the house” — SEI Develoment
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Wood slats/trellis ideas executed architecturally and decoratively through furnishing.
“interior slats” — Darius
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Living Room white stained flooring extended through wall & engaging ceiling to form cove lighting.
“Loft tv..sunroom tv..” — salkar6
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Dining Room looking at Kitchen with custom cabinetry & stonework.
“Eros” — Alex Arenas
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Floor to ceiling sliding door to Master Bedroom, counter balanced by milk glass at left with built in makeup desk. Video narrative: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=paul+cha+architect&FORM=HDRSC3#view=detail...
“awesome sliding door” — creesetoepair
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Master Bedroom detail with Walk in Closet and Master Bathroom doors.
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Master Bathroom detail with glass tiles and stone slab encasing custom cabinetry. Mirrors & clear glass to open up visual vista.
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Terrace view to Queensboro Bridge.
“bamboo in container” — Diane Bay
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Floor plan
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Loft components diagram
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