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Micro Duplex Apartment

A 700sf one-bedroom micro duplex apartment in Manhattan is transformed for a professional couple and their teenaged son. Generous floor to floor heights at the top of the building are exploited to create several intermediary zones for different family members and activities. A new stair, loaded with storage and media components is inserted, connecting the two levels of the duplex, along with a tiny mezzanine level with a built-in desk and storage for home office and homework uses, creating multiple individual and interconnected spaces for moments of privacy and alone time.

A new floor-to glass sliding door system is used to modestly englarge the apartment at the upper level, taking advantage of a sliver of available air rights and affording access to generous exterior terrace spaces. The additional square footage is used to create a small reading lounge immediately above the mezzanine.

The entire apartment is reconsidered, including a relocated kitchen at the apartment’s entry. A new bedroom is carved out under the mezzanine and partition from the kitchen and entry spaces of the apartment by a full-height upholstered banquette for family dinners.

A suspended painted steel volume containing a powered space for a computer and illuminated shelving floats above the mezzanine level acting as a railing and doubling as a dresser and console for the master bedroom space above. The new lounge space and access to the roof terrace is beyond.

Credits

Project Team

Braden Caldwell

Michael Chen