In its previous life, Kessler Apartment was two side-by-side one-bedroom apartments. Our clients occupied one of the units and decided to purchase the adjacent unit after a prolonged search for a larger space for their growing family.
The apartment is in Manhattan's West Village, on an upper floor of a historically significant and now Landmark protected, pre-war building.
In combining the apartments, we set out to reference the flexible and light-filled loft the clients had occupied in their formative New York City lives. By replacing traditionally arranged walls—which had formed a series of dark, confined spaces—a procession of built-in cabinets performs double duty as screen elements, creating a threshold anteroom at the entrance and a buffer between the kitchen and living areas.
Circulation within the apartment has been redirected along the window wall to provide the family with a more direct interaction with the exterior and the iconic views of the midtown Manhattan skyline.