Tribeca Loft

Tribeca Loft is a loft conversion - a bespoke and innovative response to the challenges of residing in Manhattan. The existing 3.6m high space is defined by the exposed reinforced concrete frame and the large multi-paned windows offering panoramic views of the skyline on three sides.

The strategy was to provide the required division of space with minimum interference with the existing structure and maximum perception of the overall volume. The insertion of steel framed, glazed volumes with raised timber floors provides elevated sleeping platforms within the loft space.

The glazed volumes are accompanied by blank, white, volumes containing bathing, service and scullery functions. These service components are arranged in a linear sequence in the centre of the space. Both of these insertions are carefully placed amongst the existing structural elements of columns, beams and corbels, freeing the structure and the perimeter of the loft from division. Further layering and configuration of the space is offered by layers of operable fabric screens and sliding panels.

The various areas of the residence may be separated from one another or connected to each other as desired. Collaborating with artisans of both New Zealand and New York has enabled the creation of custom fittings such as blown glass pendant lights, treated steel and freestanding stone washbasins and bath, resulting in a highly crafted and bespoke construction.

Project Details:

The internal floor area is approximately 550m2 and construction was completed toward the end of 2009. Fearon Hay’s project team was led by Maggie Carroll. Tim Hay and Jeff Fearon are the design architects. Interiors are a collaboration with Penny Hay with custom blown glass artworks in collaboration with Katie Brown. Photography is by Richard Powers.

Recognition: Winner of a New Zealand International Architecture Award (NZIA Awards 2011) Winner of a Designer’s Institute Gold Award (Best Awards 2011)