Client: Michael Neumann Architecture, LLC

Date completed: January 2008

Program: A 5,000-square-foot architecture office.

Design concept and solution: When the 12-person Manhattan architecture firm, Michael Neumann Architecture, had outgrown its office, a converted two-bedroom apartment, they sought a new space with more room that was close to public transportation and provided natural light and fresh air. The firm selected an upper story loft space that would maintain the strengths of small office communal interaction, while also providing for privacy, conference rooms, and storage space. The loft windows and skylights provided ample light, while the salvageable maple floor, brick walls, exposed timber, and office furniture enabled the firm to work with existing materials. Three white-stained poplar offices house senior staff and a conference room located along the length of the loft. Wide sliding doors can close the offices for private conference calls and quiet workspace. The main office space was designed for flexible use with 20 linear feet of sliding floor-to-ceiling pin-up panels, mobile worktables, lounge seating, a design library, an open kitchen, and a foosball table. 


Owner: Michael Neumann Architecture, LLC

Michael Neumann Architecture, LLC
127 West 24th Street, 7th Floor
New York, New York 10011
T: 212/675.2285
F: 212/675.2287

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Project Manager: Richard Rogers

Project team: Margaret Bishop, Christine Longcore, Matt Spaulding, Jeff Rudy, Jairo Camelo

Architect of record:
Michael Neumann

Rosini Engineering, PC
530 Seventh Avenue, Suite 209
New York, New York 10018
(212) 904-0422

Lighting Management, Inc.
4 Commerce Drive
P.O. Box 992
Harriman, New York  10926
(845) 783-1350

Kitchen Millwork:
Daniel DeMarco & Associates
25 Greene Avenue
Amityville, New York  11701
(631) 598-7000

General contractor:
Tanglewood Construction Corp.
601 W. 26th Street
Suite 1115
New York, New York  10001
(212) 473-9094

Ayla Christman

CAD system, project management, or other software used:



Wood: existing north facing single glazed wood hopper windows with safety glass

Aluminum: existing south facing aluminum framed, double glazed windows

Skylights: two existing industrial skylights with double glazed safety glass

Wood doors: maple solid core doors, natural finish

Sliding doors: custom whitewashed poplar wood slat pocket doors

Locksets:  Schlage levers, brushed nickel

Hinges:  Schlage

Exit devices:  existing

Cabinet hardware: Sugatsune, 6 Series (kitchen), Hafele (pocket doors)

Interior finishes:
Acoustical ceilings: Lay-in stainded beadboard panels with R-19 insulation above, set between existing wood joists Suspension grid:  existing wood joists Demountable

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: custom wall-mounted linear maple cabinetry with integral up and downlighting to wash brich wall and provide task lighting for workstations
Kitchen: custom painted work island and cabinetry with stainless steel counters and backsplash

Paints and stains: poplar boards (whitewashed), existing brick wall (matte sealer), bulletin board (chalkboard paint)

Floor and wall tile: recycled cork mosaic tile (Habitus architectural finishes), flooring in washrooms (floor and one wall in each) and washroom hall

Wood flooring: refinished existing 2” oak flooring (studio)

Office furniture: custom maple desktops with reused gunmetal grey filing, cabinetry and gunmetal grey shelving units (RTI)

Reception furniture: custom maple desktops with reused gunmetal grey filing cabinetry and gunmetal grey shelving units (RTI)

Chairs:  Aeron chairs (Herman Miller)

Tables: custom hot-rolled steel conference table (laser cut, folded and bolted together) with 1 ½ “ custom maple top

Upholstery: custom rough steel framed, linen-wrapped homasote sliding pin-up panels

Other furniture (use additional sheet if necessary):

  • “Marais A” Bistro Chairs with custom ultrasuede cushions
  • Leather Club Chairs (Ralph Lauren Home)
  • Roof deck furniture (West Elm)
  • Custom banquettes with linen upholstery

Interior ambient lighting: integral cabinet fluorescent up and downlighting wash along brick wall, fluorescent uplighting around the perimeter of skylights, fluorescent wash at washroom mirror

Downlights: 20W Amerlux cylindrix metal halide
39W Amerlux metal halide mini wash wall washers

Pendants: polished nickel industrial pendants (Restoration Hardware)

Task lighting: concealed fluorescent undercabinet lights (workstations, kitchen backsplash)

Controls:  Leviton

Elevators/Escalators:  existing

Accessibility provision (lifts, ramping, etc.):  existing

Lefroy-Brooks faucet (kitchen)
American Standard Undercounter sink (kitchen)
Speakman faucets (washrooms)
Integrated Fisher & Paykel two-drawer dishwasher
Integrated Sub-Zero Refrigerator

Add any additional building components or special equipment that made a significant contribution to this project:
* Custom designed Mitsubishi S-Series ductless HVAC system, concealed
* Recessed Bose speaker system
* Reused & exposed original post & beam construction
* Reused existing antique radiators
* Reused existing rooftop water tank fed sprinkler system