This site located in the Ladie's Mile district of Manhattan, has been drastically changing. The client, a fashion designer, decided to join this community respecting the original retail fashion district culture, by providing a new composition, residence and showroom. The loft acts as a design studio as well as a meeting space for buyers in a warm homey atmosphere, instead of a space simply for financial transactions. His passion and love for the district lead him to select this location to live within the design community; creating a new character and function inside this building in the landmark district. The loft was fully gutted. Two newly inserted objects; a long linear closet to house his collection and a triangular bathroom bring transparency, natural light deep into the space and allow cross ventilation. This creates comfortable spaces for relaxation at each end of the loft. The seven-foot cantilevered kitchen counter is a focal point for parties as well as for daily use. Made of 1/4-inch-thick folded stainless-steel plate it defines a niche for the kitchen, keeping the main living/public spaces as large open areas. The inevitable ducts and dropped ceilings in loft design were carefully avoided except for a single metal duct, a reminder of the industrial heritage. The renovation gives a new modern face to his fashion house while preserving the original industrial spirit. The client hopes this project will be a model for those looking to join the community.


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