Manhattan Micro Loft, New York
Specht Harpman
New York

Three hundred and twenty square feet isn’t much of a footprint, even for a New York City apartment. But this Upper West Side walk-up offered other compensations. “It had this great, vertical sense of space,” says architect Scott Specht, AIA. Stripping out an “unusable, odd” interior, Specht and partner Louise Harpman shaped the resulting volume into a bright, super-efficient pied-à-terre.

Tansu-inspired staircases rise from the living area to a cantilevered sleeping loft, and then to a green roof terrace, which spills daylight into the spaces below. “It has a mini-Guggenheim-ish thing going on,” Specht says. “It sort of spirals.” To save space, he says, “there are no closets. All the storage is under the stairs and in built-in cabinets.” The jury deemed the project not only “elegantly done,” but also a harbinger of things to come. Said one juror, “We’re all headed toward smaller urban living spaces.”

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Project Credits

Principal in charge: Scott Specht, AIA, Specht Harpman, New York
General contractor: Raphael Ben-Yehuda, Caudro Interiors, New York
Project size: 320 square feet
Construction cost: $1,000 per square foot
Photography: Taggart Sorensen

Product Details

Bathroom fittings: Waterworks
Bathroom fixtures: LACAVA
Ceramic tile: Ann Sacks
Cooktop: Gaggenau
Countertops: Caesarstone
Hardware: Accurate
Kitchen fittings: Vola
Kitchen fixtures: Julien
Lighting fixtures: Lightolier; Vibia
Paints/stains/wal: Liebherr
Windows: U.S. Aluminum