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White Street Loft / WORKac

  • 01:00 - 21 February, 2011
White Street Loft / WORKac
White Street Loft / WORKac, © Elizabeth Felicella
© Elizabeth Felicella

© Elizabeth Felicella © Elizabeth Felicella © Elizabeth Felicella © Elizabeth Felicella +19

From the architect. The 6,000 sqf White Street Loft apartment encompasses a full ground floor, half a basement and one third of a sub-basement. The client, a family of four, love to entertain, and for more than four years WORKac collaborated with the family to create a new space for urban living that embraces diversity of materials and spaces, kinetic interventions to transform spaces and a highly developed sense of whimsy and the unexpected.

© Elizabeth Felicella
© Elizabeth Felicella

The classic New York minimalist loft was considered too constraining and inflexible. The concept therefore was to divide the space into a series of programmatic “stripes” to accommodate different functions, moods and materials and break down the length of the apartment into a promenade of experiences, from most public at the front to most private in the back. This is combined with a shifting of the rear floors to allow for three full-height levels.

© Elizabeth Felicella
© Elizabeth Felicella

The stripes consist of: the Living Room at the front of the apartment, with white resin floors and a loft-lke minimalist feel; the bamboo Shaker Box which has built-in storage and Japanese-style tables set in the floor - it can double as a stage or dance floor; the Kitchen/Dining room with plum-colored concrete floors and walls and a more formal arrangement of a table for 12 to 16 and an enormous kitchen; the Media Room where curved felt-covered walls, floor and ceiling provide a comfy nook for hanging out - a kids-only sleeping loft above provides space for sleep-overs.

© Elizabeth Felicella
© Elizabeth Felicella

The Void is an indoor light shaft with a mesquite-tiled floor that accommodates the circulation as well as a “Stitchevator” (named after the family dog) carrying tired dogs, snacks or toys between levels and a translucent bridge connecting the Master to a megacloset behind; the Bedrooms zone contains two kids rooms at the top, Master at the basement level and Nanny and Guestroom at the bottom; the Skylight strip employs a number devices (glass, voids, an outdoor courtyard) to distribute light among all of the levels; the rear Garden is a small stripe of green – and chicken coop.

© Elizabeth Felicella
© Elizabeth Felicella

All of the ground-floor stripes are connected by a series of unique tables. The Dining Room table can be extended with a leaf, the Shaker Box tables can be raised or lowered, the Living Room table doubles as a chandelier and can be lowered from the ceiling. All of the tables can be joined together for huge dinners, or twice a year to form a catwalk that can connect to the stairway in the void for the fashion designer’s new collections.

© Elizabeth Felicella
© Elizabeth Felicella
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "White Street Loft / WORKac" 21 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/113567/white-street-loft-workac/>
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grahamcowen · October 09, 2011

You can also have good things in huge packages as this 6000 sqf loft style home demonstrates! http://t.co/suGstA25 @plethoraapp

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Daniel Mortley · July 02, 2011

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Eric Crabtree · May 26, 2011

This place is wild! http://is.gd/KCSEOC @plethoraapp

Vans Ee.Teo · April 10, 2011

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teresa tullio · April 03, 2011

Interesting, but is it "liveable"? IMO walls are too stark. White Street Loft / WORKac | ArchDaily http://t.co/uijXnKV via @archdaily

Dan Greenwood · March 09, 2011

just sorting out the NYC loft http://www.archdaily.com/11356...

J.J. · March 09, 2011

where do they live? in a street level showroom? it would feel so weird to me to live right in front of people walking down the sidewalk!!! awful!

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Geoff Simpson · February 23, 2011

Ridiculously cool NYC loft here: http://ow.ly/41nsJ

Anne · February 23, 2011

Well maybe a bit too much(hey, wouldn't it be nice to get such a play-ground), but I love the Japaneese style table, it even moves! Cool!

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marc · February 22, 2011

What an odd place... I like all the ideas individualy, but putting them all together just seems a bit over the top. It's like they tried to cram all the ideas they had over the 4 years into one space...odd!

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