Having kids usually means needing to upgrade to a larger space, but that's easier said than done in a city like New York. That's the dilemma that Resolution: 4 Architecture hoped to solve for a client who wanted to add a child's bedroom without sacrificing the open feeling of their airy Manhattan apartment. The resulting 250-sq-ft Loft-Within-a-Loft is an imaginative solution that creates two new living spaces in the home by taking advantage of its double-height ceilings and modern layout.
RES4’s Loft-Within-a-Loft is essentially a single, over-sized piece of millwork that divides up a large main room into three separate spaces: a new bedroom, a play space beneath it, and the existing living room. The main challenge was to create a stairway to the tiny, 250-sq-ft sleeping nook within the confines of the project’s small footprint. The solution they came up with was a winding tread stair with a “ghosted, zig-zagging line tracing behind a glowing, translucent wall that separates the loft and playroom from a living/dining/working space.”
The new bedroom and playroom are self-contained spaces of their own, and are closed off enough to create a sense of privacy without feeling claustrophobic. Horizontal windows allow light to spill into the smaller rooms, which are finished off in warm Jatoba wood. A built-in dresser and desk in the loft and full-height custom cabinets in the playroom also add functional storage to each space.