The project transformed a small fourth floor two-bedroom apartment in a historic building in Union Square into a one-bedroom plus study and library for a radiologist who often works and entertains at home. In contrast to the dark cellar x-ray laboratory described in Thomas Mann’s Magic Mountain, daylighting and artificial lighting are marshaled to create contemporary living and diagnostic spaces for the review and transcription of the most “intimate photographs.” Ceilings were brought up to their original height of 12’-0” throughout. Kitchen, dining, storage, and library areas were re-organized to preserve adjacency to north and west exposures for the living room, bedroom, and study areas. Initially conceived of as expedient solutions, a platform and core became spatial organizers and opportunities for material elaboration. As counterpoint to the reclaimed white oak used throughout, the elevated platform was surfaced with basaltina stone tile. The interior of the core volume was wall-papered with an abstract tree print selected by the client, providing an artificially natural interior wrapper. In the entry spaces of vestibule, study, and library, inexpensive chalkboard paint was used to translate the material of the platform into the vertical at a partial height wall and a book shelf alcove. In the living area to the rear, the interlocking volumetric language of platform and core was replicated in relationships between the island and tall cabinets. As a specific form of the live-work environment, the project responds to technological shifts in digital communication and medical imaging, and borrows the infrastructural raised floor and core from the modern office tower, while preserving the intimacy of the urban apartment as refuge from the fray.