Located in the neighborhood of the West Village this dejected apartment had nothing to recommend it except for location. Everything was sad, banal and dreary and so was removed, rethought and replaced.
The design is centered around a single storage wall which divided the public space from the private, with twelve foot tall translucent plastic and poplar pocket doors; allowing each area to blend with the other when they are open. On entering the apartment the hall closet and shower room are hidden behind a wall of white lacquer panels, an existing concrete column defines the entry hall from the living room beyond. The kitchen is a rectilinear abstract in white Corean and Walnut. The living room centers on an existing fireplace, which is also visible from the master bedroom when the pocket door is open.
The storage wall separates the master bedroom from the living room and the guest room from the kitchen. The wall can be circumnavigated through a third pocket door between the master bedroom closet and the guest room. The master bathroom is finished in limestone, Venetian plaster and glass tile, under mount white porcelain sinks reflect the under mount tub which is similarly embedded in a limestone platform.
The entire apartment is enlivened by a series of exposed and obscured dimmable fluorescent light fixtures, which bring bright daylight quality light into its darkest recesses.