J+K Residence

PrizeWinner in Interior Design / Apartments Interior
Firm LocationNew York, United States
CompanyStudio V Architecture
Lead ArchitectJay Valgora
Design TeamArchitect: STUDIO V Architecture Jay Valgora, AIA, AICP, LEED AP – Principal Gordon Wilhelm, AIA – Project Architect Florence Orlando – Interior Designer Gianfranco Cerini – Project Manager John MacCallum – Senior Designer Justin Leung – Designer General Contractor: MJM Structural Engineer: DeSimone Consulting Engineers Lighting Designer: Tillotson Design Associates MEP Engineer: Mottola Rini Engineers Land Use Counsel, Landmarks Approvals: Goldman Harris Expediting: Kit Middleton Architect Landscaping: Alpine Construction Photography: David Rahr

Set on the New York skyline, the J + K Residence expands a historic loft to three levels and celebrates history and vertical living intrinsic to Manhattan, blurring the lines between Old + New, Inside + Outside, and Revealing + Hiding. 19th and 20th century layers are overlaid with contemporary architecture. Wooden beams and angled columns from 1869 are exposed with steel columns and tangles of infrastructure from its Great Depression conversion to a factory. New additions of zinc, glass, and stone contrast historic cast-iron façades and slate roofs. Spatial transparency extends vertical spaces, connecting terraces and gardens on three levels. Frameless glass draws views of the Empire State Building into the two-story living room. Twenty-four- foot sliding glass walls open the interior to a multilevel ‘outdoor living room’ with perennial gardens and a kitchen overlooking the skyline. Sliding walls reveal spatial connections and surprising views. A children’s bedroom transforms into the living area with a sliding 15-foot wall when they attend university. A kitchen and powder room disappear within freestanding corian millwork. Walls of glass disappear to open the master bedroom and a wet room with showers and freestanding tub to a multilevel garden terrace with an outdoor shower.