Dubbledam's concept of overlapping zones and spatial connectivity is most apparent in the master bath. “I took everything a bathroom needs and wrapped a low surface around all of those—two sinks, tub, toilet.” The Aegean blue topographic form is made of a light wood frame wrapped in fiberglass and coated in a thin layer of waterproof structural cement plaster. The unit was built upside down like a boat, then inverted into place. The floor is also coated in the same waterproof plaster to accommodate a freestanding shower.
Lighted niches of pale green glass tile pierce the blue surface. Stainless steel sinks and an institutional steel toilet preserve the loft's industrial edge. “I really like the shape of prison toilets, plus they're made to keep people from hurting themselves,” chuckles Dubbledam. An existing rough wood column supports an oblong mirror and warms the layers of cool surfaces. Sumi glass, a Japanese glass with an interior film that can be specified in various levels of translucency, constitutes the bath's three-sided partition. The floating glass divider turns up again to encapsulate a private library and two guest bedrooms.
The whole bath is kind of a meditation, Dubbledam says. “I was thinking of an airplane at night with low intimate lighting. Flick off the bright ceiling fixtures and a glow emanates from the lighted niches, a soothing flight of fancy.”
architect: Archi-Tectonics, New York City
general contractor: A.J. Greenwich Contracting, New York; glass walls: United Aluminum, New York; plaster: Art in Construction, New York; pivoting bar: Habitat Design, New York; structural engineer: Severud Associates, New York.
resources: kitchen cabinets: Boffi; cooktop, oven, and dishwasher: Miele; refrigerator: Sub-Zero; faucets: Kroin; toilets: Metcraft.