This dreamy 3,000 square-feet top floor and roof reminiscent of an 1884 caviar warehouse in New York received a total makeover and has traveled through time.
Located in Manhattan's landmarked Tribeca North area, the formal industrial space has become a residence with large open relaxing areas and a fluid connection with the outdoor environment.
The architect Andrew Franz transformed what used to be a poorly ventilated and dark loft into a space that benefits from a retractable glass roof that connects to the planted green roof garden above. This way, the roof becomes the primary attraction, as it showers the loft with natural light and by night it allows for illuminating the space below.
The industrial atmosphere embraces the presence of both new and old materials with the insertion of modern elements and restored design pieces from the loft.
The custom steel staircase connects the green garden above with the living areas below. The stair beautifully repurposes timbers from the old roof joists as treads and landings.
The connection with nature it's even more strengthened by the use of new and energy-efficient mechanical systems and appliances.
Recycling and reusing are the main ways of building this sustainable residence. And the key was reusing loft materials while bringing new, locally sourced products such as the retractable glass roof, the architectural metalwork, and the cabinetry.
Luxuriant plants on the terrace require little water and they revitalize the space for this authentic urban oasis in New York.