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Fifth Avenue Apartment


fifth Avenue apartment

Location: New York, NY


Area: 1,000 sq ft


Project Type: Single-Family Residential


Completion Date: Under Construction

This one bedroom apartment is a pied-à-terre for a couple who works in Manhattan. Prior to the renovation, the apartment felt very dark, despite four west-facing windows along Central Park, so a primary goal was to make the space feel lighter and brighter. Conceptually, millwork volumes - rather than conventional partitions - read as floating objects while delineating the different spaces. This helps stretch the perception of space to the apartment’s perimeter walls. The living and bedroom spaces flow into one another, and when privacy is needed, pocket doors recessed in the pantry volume can be closed.

The owners did not need a full kitchen, as they typically eat out when they are in the city. Smaller appliances are used to keep the kitchen compact. The dining banquette below two windows offers a great view down Fifth Avenue. To maximize space in the small living space, the banquette wraps around to become a built in sofa. From the chaise at the end, one can look out of all four windows in the apartment simultaneously, providing amazing views of the tree canopy in Central Park.

*Project texts / descriptions from Resolution: 4 Architecture, www.re4a.com