Schein Loft

by Archi-Tectonics
Schein Loft Archi-Tectonics

Wrapping itself over and along an existing renovated six-story warehouse, the GW 497 building creates a suspended glass waterfall on the edge of New York City’s SoHo district. Eleven stories in height, the structure defines itself as a reinterpretation of the city’s strict building setback regulations. A process of mathematical inflection of the glass planes was introduced to provide a system that would transform the segmented façade into a more continuous set of glass ripples, thus creating a folded vertical landscape of glass and steel.
The 3200 s.f. Schein Loft is located on the eighth floor of the building, above the existing warehouse. The interior spaces are arranged as a series of overlapping zones rather than enclosed rooms. This open layout, in addition to the windows that are on all sides of the unit, welcomes a relationship to the outside and emphasizes views of the city.
Terraces are located on the East and West façades, one extending from the master bedroom and the other from the residence’s generous living and dining space. The latter, which overlooks the Hudson River towards the West, is accessed through the faceted glass curtain wall. Natural [west] sunlight floods the interior living spaces through this side of the building, allowing for passive solar energy to be gained by the concrete floor in the wintertime. This double-glazed façade acts not only as an impressive viewport to the city but is in fact a highly insulating element for the home. Two layers of ¼” glass with heat-absorbing low-e film on the outside layer make for a quiet internal environment and for a stable climate with little additional heating and cooling. The lighting, ceiling fans and the window shades, which react to climactic changes, are efficiently controlled by an intelligent home system.
The interior spaces are intended to be comfortable and relaxing, withdrawing the residents from the busy urban environment below. Natural materials inundate the spaces while the spine, a sculptural structure that runs through the loft, defines boundaries softly rather than rigidly and provides an aesthetic language that is casual and warm. The structure is composed of a thin black metal frame and recycled bogwood veneer, an oakwood that, after having been buried in peat bogs and preserved from decay, is naturally stained by tannins in a blond and black pattern.
As the main artery of the loft, the spine distributes the private spaces adjacent to its organic structure and moves light and air from one end of the residence to the other. It holds a freely suspended ceiling plane, which provides cooling, heating and fresh air, thanks to a built-in humidifier and air purification system. The music room, guest bathroom, master bedroom and adjacent bathroom grow from this smooth and softly lit axis.
Essentially an extension of the living quarters, the master bathroom has a spa-like and escapist quality, complete with overflow bath and steam shower. Other interior features include a 7 ft long fireplace, built from materials from local stone quarries, and art storage areas that are integrated into the anatomy of the residence, either as extensions of the bogwood structure or as spaces concealed by pivoting walls that seamlessly blend into the space.
All these elements combined – the environmental, spatial and aesthetic considerations – make of the Schein Loft a most adequate place for finely-tuned living, a sense of balance and order permeating the whole.

Photos by: Floto + Warner

  • Schein Loft Archi-Tectonics
  • Schein Loft Archi-Tectonics
  • Schein Loft Archi-Tectonics
  • Schein Loft Archi-Tectonics
  • Schein Loft Archi-Tectonics
  • Schein Loft Archi-Tectonics
  • Schein Loft Archi-Tectonics
  • Schein Loft Archi-Tectonics
  • Schein Loft Archi-Tectonics
  • Schein Loft Archi-Tectonics
  • Schein Loft Archi-Tectonics
  • Schein Loft Archi-Tectonics
  • Schein Loft Archi-Tectonics
  • Schein Loft Archi-Tectonics
  • Schein Loft Archi-Tectonics

Sponsor

Sponsor

  • Malibu Beach House

    Malibu Beach House

    Malibu Beach House, designed by Jamie Bush & Co., is located in the exclusive Cove Colony Drive off the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu Beach, California. The home is decorated mos...

  • Lightweight Rattan Stool

    Lightweight Rattan Stool

    Rattatan is a lightweight stool created by Polish designer Wiktoria Szawiel. The stool is made from rattan, a material commonly used for making baskets and rattan furniture. The de...

  • Streetstew pad

    Streetstew pad

    The Belgian designer Tim Baute from Interror has designed Streetstew, a practical aluminum trivet for one or more pots inspired on city maps. The design consists of three puzzle pi...

  • Hill House

    Hill House

    Hillside Zoning
    Increasingly in Los Angeles, local hillside ordinances, building codes, coastal regulations, and design review boards have imposed restrictions on hillside c...

  • G Seven

    G Seven

    Take a look at the G Seven home renovation by Fixonic in upper class Braemar Hill, at the south of North Point on the Hong Kong Island. This home is decorated with contemporary woo...

  • A Multilevel Contemporary Apartment

    A Multilevel Contemporary..

    This multilevel contemporary apartment was designed by the Taiwan-based WCH Studio. The interior is characterized by elegant, pale neutrals, with a few quirky touches here and ther...

  • The Postcard House

    The Postcard House

    The house was commissioned by two brothers as a weekend retreat located on Table Rock Lake in southwest Missouri. It is situated on a peninsula with lake views on three sides. The ...

  • Itahye Residence

    Itahye Residence

    Designed to be located in a suburb in the city of Santana do Parnaíba, in the state of São Paulo, the development of the project for this home was possible thanks to the collabor...

  • Modern Beach House

    Modern Beach House

    This house captures these dying qualities while screening the occupants from the emerging suburban houses and protecting them from the strong winds and storms. A deck is created on...

  • Bromont Residence

    Bromont Residence

    Situated on a hill in the undulating countryside of Bromont, this secondary residence sits, between forest and clearing, at the end of a road burnished by time. The challenge consi...

Mit der Nutzung unserer Webseite, stimmen Sie der Verwendung von Cookies zu. Mehr erfahren.