New York City
This 1848 Gramercy Park townhouse renovation presented challenges for the architect (who is also the client). The building had been converted into a triplex crowned with three loft residences. But the architect wanted two dwellings, one atop the other, of equal value and scale. At the same time, the structure's deteriorating condition meant investing in a new steel frame, as well as the replacement of electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems. By adding a penthouse, the architects got a 620-square-foot open plan house with a floor-through kitchen/dining/living space, media room, office, three bedrooms, and three and a half bathrooms.
Inside, the living room and kitchen ceilings are punctuated with sculptures by Emilio Garcia and exploding light fixtures by Ingo Maurer. The bricks-and-mortar rear wall has vanished, replaced by a glass curtain fitted with tiny diodes, invisible by day, but glinting at night. The outdoor terrace leading from the living room has a glass floor and overlooks the private gardens below. The house features two more terraces as well as a roof deck.
Owner: Christina Isaly- Liceaga
Location: Manhattan, East 17th street
Completion Date: May 2007
Gross square footage: 2400 sq.ft.
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
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Interior designer: Fractal Construction LLC
Other: Artist Emilio Garcia was brought in to assist with decoration, art and sculptures.
Image with LED lights at night, Ulises Liceaga (Architect)
Renderer(s): Fractal Construction LLC
CAD system, project management, or other software used: AutoCad
Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore
Floor and wall tile:
Carpet: Rug by Pachamama,
Special interior finishes unique to this project.
The Living area’s wood burning fire place has a granite hearth and a 24 karat gold-leafed surround. Above is a plaster wall installation by Emilio Garcia Plascenica, Liceaga’s friends from growing up in Mexico.
Other furniture: Deck furniture: Rausch Classics
Down lights: Schlitz Lights, Ingo Maurer
Dimming System or other lighting controls: Lutron Electronics www.lutron.com/
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