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Sometimes a pristine gallery, sometimes a comfy home—you can't be entirely sure of what you're looking at when confronted by this Loft in New York by UNStudio. For the collector who commissioned the renovation, however, these are exactly the type of hybrid conditions that allow him to share his space with his art, books, and objects, but still feel like they're on the appropriate (metaphorical) pedestal.
The interior is organized with a single white ribbon of wall by Formglas and Mosa that splits and joins to manipulate space. What starts as an exhibition wall may bleed into library shelves or display cases, making it both a partition and a backdrop for display.
As seamless walls are crucial to pulling off this space, technical installations like HVAC and lighting have been integrated within. To achieve this, partly double-curved glass-fiber-reinforced gypsum paneling is used. To compliment the stark white walls, 1.5 foot-wide planks of Douglas fir cover the entire loft floor.
The lighting built into the walls assists in spatial definition, and with programmable color temperature, really helps to set the mood. 18,000 more led lights are hidden within the ceiling to help create the illusion of height.
In addition to installing full floor-to-ceiling windows on the south wall, inconspicuous glass partitions subtly subdivide the living area without breaking the rhythm of the ceiling.
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