Designer Andrew Franz has made an extraordinary transformation from 19th century soap factory in the western part of Lower Manhattan, New York, into a remarkable contemporary loft. The aim of the architect Franz was to keep the original structure and to give the atmosphere of the external environment inside the walls. If you haven’t seen this project before, you’d better do it now!
Combining wood columns with brick walls derives the effect of clean line, and in the meanwhile opening space.
“The top floor and roof of an 1884 warehouse are reconceived as a warm and welcoming residence with open entertaining places and a fluid connection to the outside.
The residence is transformed by a relocated mezzanine in which a sunken interior court with a retractable glass roof connects to the planted green roof backyard over. This gesture of subtracting volume from the interior brings the outside into the main residing zones.
Embracing the building’s industrial previous, a visual discourse amongst new and outdated is devised by way of insertions of modern resources along with restored or reclaimed components.” Andrew Franz
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