Julissa Xirah. Modern Interior Design. January 19th , 2017.
Although designed for the interior, the exterior of the front façade also engages the street. During the day the aluminum rain screen, with its water-cut brick-shaped openings echoing the solid bricks of its neighbors, appears as a flat, patterned mass, marked off from the adjacent houses by the tall glass slots on either side.
The public fifth floor rests upon the private fourth floor, and the third floor’s public front versus the private rear. The public functions are delineated by the interplay of planes : the walls and floors, while the private functions are defined by volumes encased by intersecting solid walls.
Internal finishes include a fully imported German kitchen, large format granite floor and wall slabs which are used throughout, frameless glazed balustrades and floor-to-ceiling glazing, as well as various aluminium louvre devices
This five-floor residence is constructed within the fixed footprint of an existing three-story townhouse on a typically narrow infill Manhattan plot, sharing party walls with the adjacent houses. The clients asked for loft-like spaces, open and filled with light but also private – exactly the opposite of a standard NYC row house, with its street-side windows usually curtained or shuttered from the eyes of passers-by.
A big challenge was to make it all cozy and not sterile looking, so I used a lot of natural elements and finishes (wood, wool, woven natural fibers), as well as a few select family pieces.Overall I think we did achieve our goal. The house feels really clean and minimal, but still warm even during Chicago winters.My favorite part of our home is definitely the wood burning fireplace.When it’s cold out, we love to light a fire and sit in the living room reading, or drinking wine and playing Cards Against Humanity with our friends