PARK AVENUE RESIDENCE
NEW YORK, NY
Initially conceived as an investigation in “thresholds”, this project took shape when our Clients acquired their neighboring unit and engaged us to combine both individual apartments into one.
The idea of the threshold runs throughout the design. The first, a wooden box, is inserted into the space creating a threshold between the living space and kitchen and dining area, creating an informal zone separate from the formal Living and Dining spaces. It inhabits the Kitchen storage, Pantry, Powder Room and Breakfast Room. This allows the formal Dining and Living Room to be uninterrupted with the exception of a divisional fireplace that anchors the Dining Room and creates a backdrop for the Living Room.
The second threshold occurs in the private wing of the house, another wood lined box off the back hallway. This creates a break from the utility hall to the back bedrooms and creates a warm zone of white oak and soft light. In it contains the Master Dressing and Master Bathroom, leading to the Master Bedroom.
These two thresholds bookend the apartment into a single space while opening up the two closed individual apartments into a single space.