Prefabricated Timber Box for a Manhattan Renovation

By on 23-01-2013 in Architecture, Inspired By, Interior Design, Shop There

To facilitate a fast transformation of a Manhattan loft in a former commercial block, a  large walnut clad box was pre-fabricated by the architects off site, then constructed in situ.  It sits off centre in the space and contains the apartments services including the kitchen, a laundry, a guest bathroom, a built in study & storage.  The loft space was transformed by Thaddeus Briner of NY firm Architecture Outfit, and also features floating gypsum board ‘clouds’ that conceal recessed lighting and fluorescent tube lighting, whitewashed original brick walls and large open spaces thanks to the removal of a bedroom from the previous design.



The plans reveal the pre-fabricated box that separates the larger space creating an open plan living room, services (and loads of storage!), then an entry hallway.  The loft also contains a master bedroom and a compact guest room.


A shot from the kitchen revealing the box from the living room side.  It contains the kitchen, a hallway with built in bookcases, media, a built in study on the end, and services on the other side.  The walnut clad box sits within the bigger space of the loft forming a central axis that anchors the space.  The original white washed walls and window fittings remain, the plain white box with dark timber flooring providing the perfect neutral container for the timber box.


The spacious living room is furnished with an oversized corner lounge.  The contemporary yet simple style and neutral fabric gives this space a very calm and relaxed feel.  The sofa pictured is the Solo sectional sofa from B&B Italia.  (Available in Australia from Space Furniture – for a similar look refer to the ‘get the look’ below).


The kitchen is large and functional, the blend of the walnut, marble and stainless steel gives it a masculine edge.  An interview with the owners by Loftenburg reveals the kitchen island to be somewhat of the ‘command centre’ of the home, with the owner stating “I live at the kitchen island”, he can prep food check emails, dim the lighting and control the blinds from his post at the island.  Its location in the large open plan space make it the perfect apartment for entertaining, guests can gather in the living & dining space or have a cocktail at the counter whilst final preparations are being made for dinner.  The furniture selections in the dining/kitchen space have a vintage feel, the dark timbers and leather suit the masculine space.


Looking through the timber box’s alcove into the hallway, revealing the depth of the box, the detailing of the walnut cladding and built in storage.


Looking out from that same alcove, the view that would greet guests shortly after arriving, I love that it opens out to reveal such a light and bright spacious room which you enter after passing through a timber tunnel.


The home office built into the end of the box, the desk, shelves and storage appear to be cut out of a solid box,  so the office is in negative space.


The bedroom is simple and contained, and the furnishings are also.  The upholstered bed brings the right amount of ‘grandness’ for a master bedroom without being over the top for the small room.  The dark navy upholstery and light grey linens are ideal to warm up the white space, and complement the artwork.


The master bathroom is bright, fresh and luxurious.  The pendant light adds a bit of glamour, it is the  Hope pendant light from Luceplan which features curved polycarbonate lenses that sparkle with light.  The sliding door makes reference back to the walnut box.



Create a similar look in your place with these picks from BoConcept (from top):

Fargo Sofa (create your own custom design online) – starts from $2895

London Dining Chair, black-stained oak veneer/black-stained oak, $297

Occa Extension Dining Table, black-stained oak veneer/black lacquered $1895

Vig Barstool, black lacquered/walnut veneer $249


Ferrarra Office Chair, black leather look/chrome $549

Letters Bed Spread Grey, $479

Walnut Veneer Nightstand from $679

Bed Frame, light grey felt/black-stained oak veneer, $2,253



Source: Loftenburg & Architecture Outfit 

Via: Japanese Trash


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