The constraints of a cramped New York apartment are exploded along the vertical to give it a new life and lease. This 425 square feet Manhattan micro loft design breaks away from solid definition to create a multilayered experience within a fluid, transparent volume, thanks to masterful strokes and a skillful renovation by Specht Harpman Architects.
Located in a six story building, the designers create ‘living platforms’ that arrange various functions along the generous 24 feet height this top floor apartment is afforded. The social spaces thus occupy the main floor of this micro loft design while the private bedroom floats silently above it. A break out space for relaxation and expansive musings is provided in the terrace garden that offers respite from compact definitions of the indoors.
The decor is light and transparent, employing modernist sensibilities to deliver on function without compromising on form. The vertical surfaces are washed in white to abundantly reflect light and induce spaciousness. This open and lit volume is anchored by warm brown flooring that articulates these living platforms at different levels. Its flow and movement through the space also connects different functions into a coherent experience.
Storage is cleverly integrated into the various elements and volumes to keep this micro loft design clean and uncluttered. A serene and delicately balanced composition of surfaces and lines, this renovation truly does out the old, populating the space with fresh new ideas and design.