LHSA+DP was commissioned to renovate this 750 s.f. post-war apartment located in the charming, historic neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights, NY. The main goal of the project was to insert a more architectonic, textural living experience into the space for the young, design-savvy owner who sought an “industrial, Brooklyn-style” aesthetic. In the kitchen, this was accomplished through the use of unique materials such as reclaimed teak for the cabinets, acid-treated zinc panel walls, and cast concrete countertops, as their surface characteristics will evolve over time.
Vintage pendant lighting, located between the kitchen and dining areas, accentuates this distinctively urban look. A wall of large windows, affording a panoramic city view, brings abundant natural light into the main living area, and recessed bookshelves fit neatly underneath the window ledges, creating an intimate atmosphere while simultaneously solving the problem of limited storage space. A wall that previously divided the bedroom and dining area was removed and replaced with a sliding barn-style door allowing the client to choose when to open up the space or have some privacy. Bamboo flooring connects the spaces of the apartment, whose expanse is punctuated by the central elements of the kitchen volume and sliding door. A small-scale office was also added adjacent to the living room and is divided by a half-wall partition, which still allows the area to feel open. Other enhancements include a complete bathroom upgrade, the creation of hallway closet space sporting translucent sliding doors, and new entry and living room lighting systems.