Set within a large space in Tribeca occupied by a former warehouse, an innovative townhouse creates light and outdoor space where there once was none. Designed by Dean/Wolf Architects, the Inverted Warehouse/Townhouse delves into the center of an existing converted loft space. The creative design plunks a townhouse in the middle of a sprawling warehouse space, complete with “garden” areas that would otherwise not be possible on the street.
As if carved out within the walls of the warehouse, 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 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, 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.
Via Arch Daily
images © Paul Wharton via Dean/Wolf Architects