transformer loft, new york
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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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.
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