Loft 8B resides comfortably in the 497 GW Building, where Archi-Tectonics translated the architectural design of a major cascading extension to the interior, here with a folded bogwood spine that spatially organizes an apartment— separating and connecting, displaying and privatizing.
The interior spaces are arranged as a series of overlapping zones rather than enclosed rooms. This open layout, in addition to the windows that are on all sides of the unit, welcomes a relationship to the outside and emphasizes views of the city.
The structure is composed of a thin black metal frame and recycled bogwood veneer, an oakwood that, after having been buried in peat bogs and preserved from decay, is naturally stained by tannins in a blond and black pattern.
As the main artery of the loft, the spine distributes the private spaces adjacent to its organic structure and moves light and air from one end of the residence to the other. It holds a freely suspended ceiling plane, which provides cooling, heating and fresh air, thanks to a built-in humidifier and air purification system. The music room, guest bathroom, master bedroom and adjacent bathroom grow from this smooth and softly lit axis.
CREDITS Year: Completed 2008 Location: West Soho, NYC Client: Private Project Type: Residential Loft Size: 3,200 sq ft Design Team: Principal in charge: Winka Dubbeldam, Assoc. AIA | Design Team: Bittor Sanchez - Monasterio, Brooks Atwood, Ana Sotrel Consultants: Mechanical Engineer: Stanislav Slutsky, P.E. | General Contractor: New Industries, NYC Photography: Floto & Warner Photography | Archi-Tectonics