Manhattan Triplex, New York.

Manhattan Triplex, New York.

Credit: © Michael Moran / OTTO


1100 Architect 

The owners of a duplex, elegantly remodeled by local firm 1100 Architect, were able to purchase the 800-square-foot flat just above it several years later. Undoubtedly pleased with the firm’s earlier transformation, they commissioned the firm again to convert the annexed unit into a guest suite and a "retreat where the client can work." Following a popular fashion when this prewar building was constructed, the unit had a "sunken" living room, four steps below entry level. The architects took down barriers around the perimeter and celebrated the level change with broad flights of steps. For access below, a compact, twisting stairway was inserted. 

The treatment of the added flat is admirably consistent with the duplex below. Here, too, are walls of uniform white-lacquered panels, some of which open—in this case for access to the bedroom and bath and to reveal a wet-bar niche lined in vivid red. Reflective white surfaces make the most of abundant daylight and of indirect lighting diffused across them after dark. Through meticulous detailing, some planes appear to be paper thin. "Even though the language is familiar to us," observed juror Cary Bernstein, "it doesn't feel predictable. And the execution is just great." 

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Renovated interior.

Renovated interior.

Credit: © Michael Moran / OTTO


Interior, before.

Interior, before.

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Stair detail.

Stair detail.

Credit: © Michael Moran / OTTO


A solid-looking white lacquer wall gives way to a wet bar and entrance to a guest bedroom.

A solid-looking white lacquer wall gives way to a wet bar and entrance to a guest bedroom.

Credit: © Michael Moran / OTTO


Study.

Study.

Credit: © Michael Moran / OTTO


Drawings

Plan after renovation.

Plan after renovation.

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Project Credits

Project  Manhattan Triplex, New York
Architect  1100 Architect, New York— David Piscuskas, FAIA
General Contractor  Lennie Construction—Lenny Leone
Photography  Michael Moran
Project Size  800 square feet
Construction Cost  Withheld

Materials and Sources

Bathroom Cabinets  Lennie Construction (custom work)
Bathroom Fittings  Vola vola.com
Bathroom Fixtures  ATTA  
Cooktop  Gaggenau gaggenau.com
Countertops  Custom
Dishwasher  Miele mieleusa.com
Doors  Custom
Flooring  Existing (refinished); Kasthall (carpet) kasthall.com
Hardware  FSB fsb.de
HVAC  Mitsubishi mehvac.com
Kitchen Cabinets  Custom
Kitchen Fittings  Vola vola.com
Kitchen Fixtures  Custom
Lighting Fixtures  AL Lighting allightingltd.com
Paints and Finishes  Benjamin Moore & Co. benjaminmoore.com
Refrigerator  Sub-Zero subzero-wolf.com
Windows  Custom