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Broadway Penthouse / Joel Sanders

  • Architects: Joel Sanders Architect
  • Location: New York, NY, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Joel Sanders
  • Collaborator: Balmori Associates
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Peter Aaron / OTTO

© Peter Aaron / OTTO © Peter Aaron / OTTO © Peter Aaron / OTTO © Peter Aaron / OTTO

From the architect. Rethinking the notion of an urban garden, this project introduces a dynamic ground plane, composed of a planted carpet surmounted by wood flooring, that vertically links a penthouse loft with a roof terrace that affords panoramic views of downtown Manhattan. This eco-friendly palette of synthetic (carpet, Richlite, recycled glass) and natural (recycled walnut, IPÊ decking, plants) materials crosses the border of the roof, eliding and at the same time confounding traditional distinctions between inside and outside, natural and artificial.

© Peter Aaron / OTTO
© Peter Aaron / OTTO

As it travels from loft interior to roof, this layered ground plane responds to a variety of domestic programs; in the living lounge, embedded upholstery evokes a textile garden, while on the roof terrace, a bed of sedum defines a walkable outdoor carpet. Likewise, the recycled walnut floor folds vertically to create a staircase that leads to a matching IPÊ roof deck.

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