Wooster Street Loft

Wooster Street Loft in New York, NY by Archi-Tectonics, 1998

The following project and text are by Winka Dubbeldam of New York City.

For the Wooster St. project, we were asked to adapt the 5th floor of a converted SOHO loft building to residential space for an art collector. This highly urban living condition reflects the "nomadic" quality of today's metropolis. As the owner moves between london and new york, the internet is the primary mode of communication.

LOFT = existing space, manipulated. Reconstituted with additions and divisions, standard residential elements reformulated, to create spatial continuities.

In the design for the loft, different zones are generated - public / private / guest areas, and a concept of "connective cuts" is developed. Planes are introduced as connective membranes not only by means of translucency, but rather by the slicing of these planes, seperating them into suspended, floating, and pivoting elements.

A kitchen is spaced within the fold of a wall section, its work surfaces suspended. As the section plane is sliced, one is within several rooms, once within the kitchen. Even the water from the shower can be seen and heard, the heat from which can be seen as steam collects on the surfaces of the glass.
A fireplace stands as it's own entity, seperate from the existing wall it is a part of and cut to form the hearth. Again, the fire can be seen and heard, the heat from which can be seen as it alters the view of the space behind and through it.

A free-floating bathroom capsule, the functions of which all sculpted in one element, wrapped in a series of glass planes which serves to divide spaces only physically.

As a result, areas or fields of occupation have formed, with fluid, continuous space flowing between them. Texture changes in the walls, floors and windows further designate these areas as hard, soft and neutral spaces. Doors and enclosures are replaced by shifts in volume, and transitions into different areas become "hinge-points", while providing visual privacy. Overall, the continuity of these interlocking volumes creates a residence of overlapping intersections and interweaving space.