If you appreciate the feel of Old New York, you'll fall in love with the masterfully retrofitted 19th century Manhattan loft of LowLine park co-founder James Ramsey. The 2,000-square-foot residence located on White Street in TriBeCa is a flawless blend of old and new. Designed by Ramsey, who is a principal at architecture firm raad Studio, the industrial loft was converted into a warm yet modern dwelling that preserves the character of its historic shell. Much of the original architecture has been repurposed throughout, including the windows, ceilings and brick walls. We recently got to sneak a peek at some of the home's exciting details during Dwell magazine's popular Manhattan home tours.
Though the loft has a long, narrow feel, it’s still quite spacious, and includes an open kitchen, dining room and living area, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a powder room. Ramsey took care to preserve the original structural elements while updating the design with modern features. Contemporary furniture, fixtures, pale oak flooring and stainless steel appliances are peppered throughout the home, offering a juxtaposition to the otherwise vintage architecture.
The home includes several salvaged components in keeping with raad Studio‘s focus on materiality. White tin repurposed ceiling tiles cover the wall behind the bed in the master bedroom, and one of the most intriguing features is the dining area’s backdrop – a 300-bottle wine rack made from salvaged terra cotta drainage pipes. The statement piece certainly serves as a focal point of the design. The interior design also boasts other eclectic elements like a Beluga whale skeleton made from a plaster mold floats above the the dining table.
New windows were punched into the side walls, inviting daylight into an otherwise dark, narrow space. And rather than installing floor-to-ceiling doors, Ramsey’s team created an illusion by constructing dark panels above doors of standard height. All of the millwork is custom-designed, from the black granite kitchen counters to the marble and walnut island. Modern light fixtures drape over the kitchen and white tiling serves as a contrasting backdrop. Click through the gallery above for a full virtual tour of this coveted home.