Attic Transformer

New York
Architects
MKCA // Michael K Chen Architecture
Year
2015
Cost
Undisclosed
Stories
1-5 Stories
Team
Braden Caldwell, Michael Chen
General Contractor
THINK Construction
Fabrication
JH Works

Having acquired a 225 sf space in Manhattan’s West Village and an adjoining 5ft tall storage attic space, a client approached MKCA with a request to transform the minuscule space into a gracious and multi-functional home.

The project takes advantage of the compact attic space which while not standing height, offers a useful volume for numerous apartment functions. The space was aggressively subdivided and loaded with custom fabricated transforming elements including hanging clothing storage, pantry storage, and a pull-out dining table, paired with a pull-out workstation that converts the table into a home office with desktop computer and storage below. The transforming elements make comfortable living, cooking, dining, working, and entertaining all possible, even in a tiny space. Custom millwork, and vintage and contemporary furnishings in tactile and well crafted hardwoods, mohair, and wool make for a luxurious and youthful interior design.

Situated in an Landmarked 1840s wood and brick townhouse with exposures on three sides, the space was gutted to studs and rebuilt from the inside out, including new thermal and waterproofing systems at the three exterior facades and roof. Extensive upgrades were made to the sagging wood structure of the building to level floors and ceilings and to reinforce decades of water damage in the historic structure.

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