ISSUE 72  |  The Gold Coast

A New York Flat with a Glamorous View

May 17, 2013 9:30 AM

BY Christine Chang Hanway

The glamor of New York, for me, has to be the view of its skyline from within the depths of its buildings as an insider pondering the history of the city’s glorious skyscrapers.

With their classic talent for reworking existing spaces to achieve their maximum potential, New York architects Platt Dana (a member of the Remodelista Architect and Designer Directory) have remodeled a 2,800-square-foot apartment in New York’s Flatiron district to great effect. By moving the kitchen into what was previously a green house, the apartment now offers the perfect viewing platform for the glamorous city beyond; a glass of wine included.

Above: The living and kitchen area are on the top floor of the apartment, where the view is always present. A Hanging Mobile light fixture by David Weeks hangs above the island’s statuary marble counter top.

Above: The architects gutted the apartment completely and took the opportunity to move the kitchen to the existing greenhouse.

Above: Custom walnut cabinets provide storage and a location for the ovens.

Above: The minimally detailed glass stair rail shows no hardware – an engineering feat.

Above: The architects replaced sliding picture windows with casement windows to emulate industrial loft spaces in the entry hall of the first level of the apartment.

Above: Walnut window sills were added to match the walnut herringbone floor.

Above: While the walnut wood flooring is continuous throughout, the walnut herringbone in the entry becomes four-inch-strip walnut flooring everywhere else.

Above: The custom-designed bookcases are paint-grade poplar and were sprayed in a mill work shop.

Above: New York- and Seattle-based furniture and cabinet makers Henrybuilt supplied the bathroom vanity as well as the kitchen cabinets.

Above: A combination of Asher Gray Marble Tiles on the walls and Luxor Gray Tiles on the floor (both from Ann Sacks) create a quiet and luxurious but modern backdrop in the bathroom.

Interested in seeing more work by Platt Dana? See The Architect Is In: Making the Most of Your Floor Plan.