New York City has no shortage of over-the-top fantasy apartments, but we're pretty sure there's only one that features an indoor fish pond, a vertical garden and clever transforming furniture all behind one lovely, flowering facade. The Flowerbox Duplex, named for the self-irrigating planter boxes that adorn its street-facing wall, is one of the most charming and envy-inducing homes we've seen in the city. From clean, modern furnishings to multiple terraces to a balcony-style kitchen, step inside our photo tour to see all that this delightful Lower East Side apartment has to offer.
The 2,400 square foot duplex is one of eight loft-style residences in the luxury Flowerbox Building, and, as you might imagine, was already quite nice to begin with before being renovated. However, the architects at pulltab design really took the space to the next level with fantastical amenities that others might dismiss as the stuff of daydreams. The main living space is an open-concept living room that is flooded with natural light thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. But the real showstopper in the room is the leafy vertical garden that envelops the half-wall leading to the elevated kitchen. And it that’s not enough for you, perhaps you’ll be impressed by the indoor reflecting pool inhabited by real goldfish right below the green wall? The pond isn’t just for show, though. It also collects water droplets from the garden wall’s hidden irrigation system.
In order to maximize the function of the living area, the designers decided to use a double-height panel system assembled from painted furniture grade plywood on the east wall. The panels add color and texture to the somewhat daunting wall but also work as transforming furniture. Three of the slabs open to reveal a chess table, a full-size dining table and an illuminated bar with glass shelving. The inspiration for these blocks of color can be traced back to Piet Mondrian’s 1920s and 1930s composition paintings.
Upstairs, past the cantilevered dining “pod,” there’s plenty more living room for the family of four that inhabits the duplex. Furnishings in the bedrooms and library were kept simple and, as in the living room, the floor-to-ceiling windows draw in lot of natural color and light from the outside. The back of the apartment has two balconies overlooking a community garden for an idyllic feeling missing in the lives of most urbanites.
While the Flowerbox Duplex is a residence that most of us New Yorkers can only aspire too, there’s a lot of inspiration to be found there that can be applied to any apartment, so don’t forget to check out our full gallery of photos here.
Photos © Yuka Yoneda