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Plaza Apartment

The classic New York problem. An expecting couple approached us to create an extra bedroom in their Brooklyn apartment. The solution is a nursery-library-home office-storage element for the couple and their newborn baby. The existing one-bedroom apartment was reconfigured to create a new interior nursery and bedroom at one end of the living room that was previously a disorganized home office and over scaled foyer. Underutilized closets were relocated and the space was partitioned using custom integrated storage elements: a full height library wall, a credenza cabinet for the entry, a dresser inside the bedroom, and home office storage under the desk surface. A double-sided set of laser cut and lacquered steel shelves are visually light and incredibly strong and cantilevered from an intricately carved and lacquered wood surface.

As an interior room, the space is enclosed with a glass partition and a sliding CNC milled panel to encourage the flow of air and light into the nursery. Lit from a cove above, the surface of the milled panel was carved with a delicate fluid pattern and a subtly undulating surface to encourage the play of light in a relatively dark space. A peekaboo game of visibility is played around the bedroom, with felt drapery panels in the glass corner, the sliding panel opening and closing between the bedroom and the desk, and a series of peep holes between the bedroom and foyer that admit pinpoints of light at night.

The project includes a newly renovated kitchen with new custom cabinets and a custom dyed concrete concrete tile floor.

Pale bleached and quartered maple cabinetry, a durable quartz counter, and glossy glass tile in the newly renovated kitchen


Project Team
Justin Snider
Michael Chen