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Attic Transformer

Having acquired a 225 sf space in Manhattan’s West Village and an adjoining 5ft tall storage attic space, a client approached MKCA with a request to transform the minuscule space into a gracious and multi-functional home.

The project takes advantage of the compact attic space which while not standing height, nevertheless offers a useful volume for numerous apartment functions. The attic was aggressively subdivided and loaded with pull-out elements including hanging clothing storage, pantry storage, and a pull-out dining table that is paired with a pull-out workstation that converts the table into a home office with desktop computer and storage below.

Situated in an Landmarked 1840’s wood and brick townhouse with exposures on three sides, the space was gutted to studs and rebuilt from the inside out, including new thermal and waterproofing systems at the three exterior facades and roof. Extensive upgrades were made to the sagging wood structure of the building to level floors and ceilings and to reinforce decades of water damage in the historic structure.

Architecture and interior design by MKCA.

A crisp palette of pickled ash, white lacquer, scorched white oak flooring, and charcoal Corian are offset by rose high gloss lacquer and mohair in the bedroom space create a subdued but lively space conducive to living, dining, kitchen, working, and small-scale entertaining in a space that previously barely accommodated a bed.

A compact volume of black Corian and charcaol lacquer contains a serenely spa-like bathroom and a pullman kitchen with refrigerated drawer and induction cooktop.

Credits

MKCA Project Team
Braden Caldwell
Michael Chen
Julian Anderson

Contractor
THINK Construction

Fabrication
JH Works

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