This 1,500sf (460sm) duplex renovation in Noho, NY was designed as a first home to showcase a young couple’s casual lifestyle and expanding family. The program called for a family residence with an open, flowing interior on two levels. The biggest single challenge was in the design and fabrication of the staircase. Unique features include the co-planar clear-tempered glass-rails and the child-proof open slots under bent steel angles.
On the upper level, a series of 11-foot (3.35m) high, sliding, and fully retractable, glass, and steel-framed door-panels create a spatial elongation, while forming an illusionary vista to an ostensibly larger space beyond. The folded glass and metal screen at the entry cleverly shields the apartment from the street.
Complete gut renovation and remodel of a 1,500sf (460sm) duplex apartment in Noho, New York.
The folded glass and metal screen at the entry cleverly shields the apartment from the street when the front door is open.
Full height sliding panels can enhance the feeling of soaring verticality – even if the floor to ceiling height is an eleven foot space as in this duplex apartment.
This "floating" stair is in fact supported by a sizable post concealed in the wall behind the stair. All metalwork on this job, including the stairs and door panels were site fabricated forging a unique hand-crafted industrial product, difficult to shop replicate.
Co-planar glass rails is an innovative design feature of this stair.
Rolling ladder provides access to storage in both the bedroom (shown) and kitchen.
Materials: Blackened steel supports and rail, refinished red oak treads, and tempered glass-rails and stainless steel stand-offs.