The Inverted Warehouse/Townhouse consists of an addition to and a renovation of a TriBeCa loft. The existing traditional warehouse structure covers the entire lot with plenty of practical open space inside for former industrial uses, but very little outdoor space.
Design concept and solution:
The architects carved the roof open to admit light and air into the interior public spaces, inverting the conventional townhouse configuration to place the parlor floor—typically the floor accessed by the building’s front steps that houses the main living areas—on the top floor. The elevator opens to the main entry on this—the fifth—floor, and a series of descending gestures were designed to reinforce the upside-down organization. Three double-story volumes are excavated from the dark center of the deep warehouse floor plates to admit light throughout the house.