Andrea Leung creates “secret areas” inside renovated Tribeca Loft
A dividing wall that is half clear, half mirrored separates the private and non-private areas of this loft condominium in Manhattan, which architect Andrea Leung has renovated for herself.
New York-based Leung found the 1,600-square-foot (150-square-metre) Tribeca Loft inside a historic constructing, and gut-renovated its interiors to go well with her wants and tastes.
“One have a look at the uncooked area, and I knew precisely the kind of refuge I wished to create,” stated Leung. “One which unfolds and divulges itself slowly, that wows you initially with its grandeur after which capitalises in your curiosity.”
The architect used the hidden areas of her grandmother’s Vancouver condominium as a precedent for the challenge, which she accomplished throughout the Covid-19 pandemic whereas residing within the area all through.
“Secret areas fascinate me,” she stated. “My grandmother’s penthouse pied-à-terre was filled with them. Push on the right mirror, and it opened right into a hidden tatami room. Lean on the best bookcase, and a dimly lit hallway led you to her personal private oasis of calm.”
Work to replace the tall, sun-drenched nook unit concerned eradicating a mezzanine stage to alleviate areas squashed under.
As a replacement, the personal rooms had been grouped and neatly organised alongside one facet, leaving the general public area for entertaining utterly open.
An entrance corridor, two loos, a kitchen, a closet and a bed room at the moment are enclosed behind a partition that stretches the complete width of the condominium, and may be accessed by way of swinging and folding panels.
Whereas the bed room stays seen by way of floor-to-ceiling, clear glass panes, the opposite smaller rooms are hid by mirrors and diminished in peak to assist with spatial proportions.
“The wall of mirrored doorways permits the primary residing area to transcend its bodily limitations and seem to double in dimension, whereas the beneficiant home windows with their unique wavy glass are additionally mirrored, bathing the partitions with gentle refracted mild,” Leung stated.
The constructing’s unique cast-iron Corinthian columns stay uncovered and stand out in opposition to the minimalist color scheme of white partitions and wide-plank oak flooring.
Within the residing space, the furnishings consists of a number of brass and walnut items that Leung customized, together with the eating desk, credenza and console.
Brass accents are continued in Lee Broom’s Eclipse Chandelier and a customized espresso desk designed by Leung whereas an affiliate at Steven Harris Architects for the now-shuttered Barneys Chelsea Flagship.
The kitchen is lined with marble and patinated brass millwork, whereas the first toilet incorporates a freestanding oval tub framed by surfaces of softly-veined gray stone.
Decor within the bed room can be restrained by a greyscale palette, whereas the second toilet accessed from the entryway is enveloped in veined marble with vibrant metallic accents.
Tribeca, a Decrease Manhattan neighbourhood outlined by and named after the triangle under Canal Avenue, has an abundance of loft areas in previously industrial and warehouse buildings.
Numerous these have been transformed into residences and later renovated, with examples together with an condominium the place walnut cabinetry and sliding doorways exchange partitions, and a duplex related by a dangling, blackened metal spiral staircase.
Leung’s Tribeca Loft is shortlisted within the Condo Inside class for the 2022 Dezeen Awards – see the complete Interiors shortlist right here.
The images is by Sarah Elliott.