Michael K Chen Architecture
Unfolding Apartment Photo: Alan Tansey
About the Firm
27 Park Place
New York, NY
T 212 732 0060
New York City & Mid-Atlantic
San Francisco & Bay Area
Michael K Chen Architects (formerly Normal Projects) is a multidisciplinary architecture and design practice with partners in New York and Los Angeles. Our work includes residential and commercial architectural design, branding and creative direction, furniture and product design, and exhibition and event design. Our design process is research-intensive and innovation-oriented. We thrive on developing the potential of the most difficult and challenging design problems. The work of the office has been featured in a number of publications and design blogs, including Dwell, The New York Times, Interior Design, Apartment Therapy, and of course, Remodelista. The work of the office has been exhibited internationally, most recently in the United States Pavilion of the 2013 Venice Biennale of Architecture.
Firm principal Michael Chen currently teaches design studios and seminars at Pratt Insitute in Brooklyn and has taught previously at UC Berkeley, Cornell, Columbia, and Parsons.
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Unfolding Apartment - Sleeping: Bigger than furniture; larger than architecture. A 400 square foot studio is equipped with all of the functional components of a much larger apartment, concealed within a reconfigurable cabinetry insert: bedroom, home office, library, closet, kitchen storage, and bar, plus most of the lighting and audiovisual equipment for the apartment Photo: Alan Tansey
Unfolding Apartment - Console Photo: Alan Tansey
KG Desk - Overall: Home office and shelving system in white oak, lacquered steel, and 3D printed laser sintered nylon doors Photo: Alan Tansey
KG System - Detail: Detail view of the 3D printed doors. Sliding hardware and a pull are integral to the door, eliminating the need for additional metal hardware. Photo: Alan Tansey
East Side Townhouse - Rear Detail: A gut renovation of a Landmarked 1870′s townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The project includes a full-height extension at the rear of the building with an entirely new masonry and glass skin that is unapologetically modern but respectful of the existing material and geometry of the surrounding masonry buildings. The facade is comprised of a custom extruded and shaped glazed terra cotta rain screen with an undulating texture and integral aeroponic vertical garden. Completion in 2014. Photo: Normal Projects
East Side Townhouse - Stair: Main stair with custom CNC rolled bronze pickets and bent walnut handrail Photo: Normal Projeccts
Photographer's Loft - Wardrobe Partition: live-work space for a professional photographer in a former manufacturing building on the Lower East Side. Spatial flexibility is required as the loft is regularly used for photo shoots and editing, presentations, and events in addition to serving as the owner’s primary residence. To maximize open space, storage components and thickened storage zones within walls are used exclusively to delineate spaces. Photo: Alan Tansey
Photographer's Loft - Media Partition: Typical drywall partitions are largely eliminated in favor of waxed ebonized walnut cabinetry. The cabinets absorb most of the storage, display, and partitioning functions of the loft.The existing nineteenth century shell of tin ceilings and rough plaster walls is retained and a series of back and gloss white inserts are introduced to define spatial zones and serve as clothing, work, and media storage and display units. Photo: Alan Tansey
Aerated Apartment - Gallery and Kitchen: Green, but not crunchy. All of the interior partitions of a large apartment for a family on the Upper West side are designed to facillitate airflow and cross ventilation, effectively eliminating the need for air conditioning in the summertime. Photo: Alan Tansey
Aerated Apartment - Den Photo: Alan Tansey
Plaza Apartment - Library Shelving: A storage wall of laser-cut bent steel shelving in cantilevered from a lacquered CNC-milled surface with an ornate graduated surface. Library shelving is at the exterior of the partition; storage and a nursery is located inside. Photo: Alan Tansey
Plaza Apartment - Nursery and Library Photo: Alan Tansey