L Residence / Min|Day

© Paul Crosby Architectural Photography

Architects: Min|Day
Location: , NE,
Project team: Jeff Davis, Kristine Mummert, Natalie Kittner, Matt Cavin, Christina Kaneva
Structural Engineer: Shaffer & Stevens, PC
General Contractor: Boyd Jones Contractor
Developer: Shamrock Development Inc.
Size: 3000 sqf
Photographs: Paul Crosby Architectural Photography

This apartment for a filmmaker reinterprets the use of poché to support Baroque theatricality and proposes a cinematic architecture of sequences and points of view. The use of “virtual poché” in the Baroque to hide service spaces and to create mystery and surprise is updated through a cinematic emphasis on thinness and surface instead of solidity and mass.

© Paul Crosby Architectural Photography

The apartment occupies the top floor of an 11-story Art Deco-era hotel that has recently been converted to apartment living with mix-use commercial tenant spaces on the ground floor. The lobby and many of the apartments in the building have been re-built in a style reminiscent of the Art Deco building. The owners of the top floor units, however, were given the opportunity to design their own spaces.

© Paul Crosby Architectural Photography

A challenge faced by our site is that although we had the opportunity to work with generous 15-foot ceilings the windows shared the same small proportions and 7’-6” head height with all lower floors. Our approach began with a desire to treat the major living space as a pseudo-exterior pushing all of the private and utilitarian spaces behind a large, flat wall of oak veneer – the inner façade of the unit. Above all of this is a private roof deck accessed from stairs and passages in the compressed space of the poché.

© Paul Crosby Architectural Photography

This strategy of poché is primarily evident in how we organized spaces in plan: we located utilitarian spaces such as bathrooms and closets at the inside of the backwards L-shaped condominium space (the footprint is 3100 sf). Bedrooms occupy the two extremes of the L leaving a large “inner L” that provides the owner with a loft-like environment for work, everyday life and entertaining. To contrast and highlight the wood wall surfaces of other spaces are treated with a volumetric application of color such as the “blue zone” of much of the virtual poché (spaces that inhabit the poché in plan). We treated bathrooms and bedrooms with unique color selections so that each space takes on its own personality.

© Paul Crosby Architectural Photography

Custom detailing such as cnc-milled perforated paneling, flush rolling doors with hidden hardware and many other features give the apartment an element of crispness and surprise.

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Products in this project

Bathroom Equipment: Bendheim, Toto , Waterworks , Icestone, Dornbracht, Kohler

  • Shower walls: Guest Bath (BM-200-10 RED) by Bendheim
  • Plumbing: Carlyle Toilet by Toto
  • Plumbing: Classic 2 tub by Waterworks
  • Guest Bath by Icestone
  • Plumbing: Meta 02 by Dornbracht
  • Shower walls: Main Bath (WNIM-412) by Bendheim
  • Plumbing: Ladena sink by Kohler
  • Master Bath by Icestone
  • Plumbing: Classic 1 tub by Waterworks
  • Plumbing: Tara Classic by Dornbracht

Floor: Douglas Fir

  • Tiles by Douglas Fir

Furniture: Ligne Roset

  • Malhoun Sofa by Ligne Roset

Joinery: US Aluminum, Lutron, Naturalite, EFCO

  • Doors at stair enclosure by US Aluminum
  • Shades: Sivoia QED by Lutron
  • Skylight by Naturalite
  • Windows at stair enclosure by EFCO

Kitchen Equipment: Elkay, Bendheim, Kohler

  • Plumbing: Prep sink by Elkay
  • Kitchen Backsplash: Mandarin Orange by Bendheim
  • Plumbing: kitchen island sink by Kohler

Lighting, Heating, Home/building automation: Lightology, Shaper Lighting, Se’lux , Halo , Contrast Lighting

  • Lightning by Lightology
  • Lightning by Shaper Lighting
  • Lightning by Se’lux
  • Lightning by Halo
  • Lightning by Contrast Lighting

Mobile Partitions/Suspended Ceilings/Raised Floors: Icestone

  • Countertops by Icestone

Walls: Benjamin Moore

  • Paint by Benjamin Moore

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* Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
Cite: "L Residence / Min|Day" 18 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 Jul 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=64816>

18 comments

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    too much text for a simple work
    It’s a nice filmmaker appartment and possible fit it’s non-self personality

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    muy bueno este proyecto, simplicidad y atrevimiento, es lo que se necesita en estos momentos.
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    hay croquis y proyectos muy interesantes

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    To me, its a very interesting work.I like the colors and the presentation perspectives.

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    Not their best work. This would be a great scheme for a school, and there is no flow, just wide open. The kitchen sink looks out of place.

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