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Inverted Townhouse Creates Interior Garden Space by Cutting into the Center of a Tribeca Warehouse

Posted By Lori Zimmer On December 8, 2011 @ 5:17 pm In Architecture,Manhattan | 1 Comment

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As if carved out within the walls of the warehouse [9], the Inverted Warehouse/Townhouse is truly inspiring and innovative. The block long warehouse, although converted to lofts, had very few options for architectural variation other than open, dark spaces. The interior living quarters [10] are placed within the warehouse shell, while a three story segmented “hole” (basically the inverted shape of a townhouse) is glassed in to provide the residents with sky light and organized outdoor space.

The three story glass curtains flood the loft with light and are divided into various “gardens.” A reading court is sectioned off for quiet contemplation, an exterior terrace gives a backyard feel, and a playroom gives the client’s children a place to play in fresh air, while also protected within the home. The walls of the “outdoor” spaces are lined with large weathered Cor-ten steel [11], a material that emulates the timeless public artworks around Lower Manhattan and also offers stability and texture to the outdoor areas.

The courtyard is lined with silicone-glazed glass, flooding the interior with light, but also preventing solar gain. The glass courtyard reaches up to the roof, where it meets a roof garden. The Inverted Warehouse/Townhouse is one of the most innovative redesigns for a loft space that we’ve seen yet.

+ Dean/Wolf Architects [7]

Via Arch Daily [12]

images © Paul Wharton via Dean/Wolf Architects


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[5] Tribeca : http://inhabitat.com/nyc/listing/terroir-tribeca/

[6] warehouse: http://inhabitat.com/digitas-decks-out-inspiring-chicago-office-with-salvaged-factory-materials-and-urban-graffiti/

[7] Dean/Wolf Architects: http://www.dean-wolf.com/

[8] “garden” areas: http://inhabitat.com/sou-fujimotos-house-n-captures-sunlight-and-fresh-air-in-a-series-of-nested-boxes/

[9] walls of the warehouse: http://inhabitat.com/stockholm-warehouse-transformed-into-innovative-school-using-recycled-materials/

[10] interior living quarters: http://inhabitat.com/wtarch-transforms-a-small-garage-into-a-twisting-multi-floor-duplex-residence/

[11] Cor-ten steel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weathering_steel

[12] Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/189160/inverted-warehouse-townhouse-dean-wolf-architects/

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