84 Mercer Loft - New York City
This loft in the Soho neighborhood of New York City is a great example of the loft typology having been originally used for light industrial production, later converted to a gallery and now being converted into a residence. The space is filled with light from east and west facing windows and 13' ceilings. Our clients are native New Yorkers and wanted a larger space to raise their family. The loft needs to have three bedrooms and bathrooms, an office, ample storage and a large kitchen, living and dining space.
Our approach is straight-forward and effective. We consolidate all of the "service" functions, bathrooms, storage, etc. into a "central bar" which is located near the middle of the apartment. This frees up the edges of the apartment and the walls of windows for the living and sleeping spaces. The "central bar" also incorporates all of the mechanical and plumbing elements for the apartment in a tidy, yet accessible manner.
The result is a loft that is true to its type with large, open expanses of space and an essentially undivided interior. Yet it is very livable with its clear separation between living and sleeping spaces, generous bathrooms and storage and ready access to daylight throughout.