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The 550-square-foot unit was dilapidated and dated.

transformer loft, new york

transformer loft, new york

  • The 550-square-foot unit was dilapidated and dated.

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    The 550-square-foot unit was dilapidated and dated.

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    Courtesy Studio Garneau

    The 550-square-foot unit was dilapidated and dated.

  • The new dressing room is lined with FSC-certified walnut and ample shelf space.

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    The new dressing room is lined with FSC-certified walnut and ample shelf space.

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    Bart Michiels

    The new dressing room is lined with FSC-certified walnut and ample shelf space.

  • The old kitchen was a separate space.

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    The old kitchen was a separate space.

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    The old kitchen was a separate space.

  • The old dressing room.

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    The old dressing room.

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    The old dressing room.

  • The new space integrates the kitchen into the main living space.

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    The new space integrates the kitchen into the main living space.

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    The new space integrates the kitchen into the main living space.

  • Its corner location means the space gets ample daylight.

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    Its corner location means the space gets ample daylight.

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    Robert Garneau

    Its corner location means the space gets ample daylight.

  • The unit features a simple palette of materials to convey a sense of calm and relaxation.

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    The unit features a simple palette of materials to convey a sense of calm and relaxation.

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    The unit features a simple palette of materials to convey a sense of calm and relaxation.

  • A large sliding door allows the owner to separate the sleeping area from the main living space.

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    A large sliding door allows the owner to separate the sleeping area from the main living space.

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    A large sliding door allows the owner to separate the sleeping area from the main living space.

  • The new bathroom features blue tiles and frosted glass doors.

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    The new bathroom features blue tiles and frosted glass doors.

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    The new bathroom features blue tiles and frosted glass doors.

  • Clever built-ins and features such as a hidden hamper help the space live large.

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    Clever built-ins and features such as a hidden hamper help the space live large.

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    Robert Garneau

    Clever built-ins and features such as a hidden hamper help the space live large.

transformer loft, new york
new york
studio garneau

This 550-square-foot loft lives large thanks to a serene open plan and clever multifunctional built-in storage. A corner unit with great views, the small space has six windows and access to lots of natural light, says architect Robert Garneau, AIA, LEED AP. “The client wanted a space that was as clean and simple as possible,” he says. Garneau gutted the dilapidated pre-war apartment and used a restrained palette of white walls, stainless steel, and wood floors and built-ins to help make the space feel minimalist and relaxing. “It was meant to be a haven and a relaxing space, and the materiality helps to support that,” he says. The judges agreed: “It’s a very small space that lives big,” one juror said. “They were able to make a complete living space.”

 

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project credits

principal in charge/project architect: Robert Garneau, AIA, LEED AP, Studio Garneau; general contractor: John Rusk, Rusk Renovations, New York; project size: 550 square feet; construction cost: $360 per square foot; photography: Bart Michiels.


product details

bath cabinets: custom; bathroom fittings: Dornbracht, www.dornbracht.com, Gessi, www.gessi.it; bath fixtures: Duravit, www.duravit.com, Kohler, www.kohler.com; ceiling fan: Minka Aire, www.minkagroup.net; cooktop: Alpes, www.alpesinox.com; dishwasher: Miele, www.miele.com; doors: Hafele, www.hafele.com; flooring (carpet): ABC Carpet, www.abchome.com; flooring: Nemo, www.nemotile.com; flooring (wood): Wideplank International (now Ebony and Co.), www.ebonyandco.com; hardware: Hettich America, www.hettich.com; kitchen cabinets: custom; kitchen fittings: Arwa, www.arwa.ch/index-en.asp; lighting: Tiella, www.tiella.com, W.A.C. Lighting, www.waclighting.com, Zumtobel, www.zumtobel.us; microwave: Sharp, www.sharpusa.com; oven: Miele, www.miele.com; paints: Sherwin-Williams, www.sherwin-williams.com, Sutherland Welles, www.sutherlandwelles.com; plywood: Columbia Forest Products, www.columbiaforestproducts.com; refrigerator: Northland Corp., www.northlandnka.com; tub: Zuma Collection, www.zumacollection.com