It’s a bit of an adjustment to taking up residence in downtown Manhattan when you’re used to the lush green landscape of Southwestern Canada. Hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, the owners of this apartment wanted a slice of the city that never sleeps but with a bit of a ‘green’ touch they were accustomed to. Calling on Stadt Architecture to turn their ideas to reality, what this New York apartment may lack in square footage it certainly makes up in creative custom details and designer considerations.
Stadt Architecture started up in 2016 and while they are relatively new on New York’s architecture scene, they have been increasingly recognised for their work. For each project they set out to provide their clients with a tailored, sophisticated yet attainable design vision that is in tune with its location — in this case, downtown Manhattan.
The clients stressed the need for urgent reform to the layout, particularly with the kitchen design which was originally cramped and devoid of light. Stadt Architecture replaced the isolated kitchen with a robust Calacatta marble working space, orientating it to access the living room’s stream of daylight. Quality materials were a must and segregate each zone; the wet areas with large format terrazzo tiles and pale herringbone in the living and dining space. While compact in size, this apartment has not spared any expense on designer fixtures and furnishing appearances from Gubi and Hans Wegner.
If a home is said to be ‘dripping in gold’, you don’t usually take it literally. But in this post-war Manhattan apartment, an entire wall appears as though the hand-painted, gold-leafed wall covering is dripping onto the bespoke bed and lighting. This was part of the mission to bring some of Vancouver’s evergreen landscape and golden sun into the apartment, as an interpretation of a photograph melding rich, saturated green tones. But the story behind this striking bedroom scene doesn’t stop there. Historically, canopy beds had landscape references incorporated into their design. With this idea as a precedent, the custom wall covering create a “luminous canopy” over the bed, while the “green field anchors the headboard wall”. With privacy no concern, the bedroom can be a visual focal point from the living room and easily masked by the glass doors.
Stadt Architecture have taken a client’s ideas and images and melded them with their expert knowledge on New York apartment living. And voila, a thoughtful East Coast Home is made.
‘As needed, two large acid-etched glass doors close obscuring visual details while still allowing natural light to filter through the apartment’s different spaces.’
— Stadt Architecture
Segregating small zones by tone and texture.