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a loft in the trees.

The main feature of this New York loft is a large, glass window wall. Framed with polished black lacquer panels, it claims the view as if it belonged within, like a picture on the wall. Due to the elevation, one appears high amongst the trees.

Perimeter walls and concrete beams are painted white to emphasise the inherent qualtites of the loft; a concrete floor poured throughout provides a seamless, flowing space. A pair of full height doors defines back from front when separation is necessary. Glass blocks diffuse light along the hallway and provide privacy from neighbours. The open plan kitchen is an L-shaped wall of book-matched, mahogany cabinets; the timber panels obscure a series of doors, including the powder room and pantry. Wood is chosen again in the dining table and chairs, which together with the wonderful, tree-top aspect, provides the warmth and texture to an otherwise monochrome palette.

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Richardson ⁄ Dondoe loft by Workshop for Architecture, here

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a chelsea townhouse.

The renovation of this brick townhouse in New York’s Chelsea neighbourhood was designed to connect the garden level spaces with the exterior and to create open living spaces throughout. With this intention it succeeds – a large glass sliding wall system connects the living room and garden, framing the view; casement windows at the upper levels have been fully glazed to allow the master bedroom and bathroom uninhibited views to outside. A spiral stair within winds organically between the two levels, the continuation of the wood floor assists the flow upwards between the spaces.

The palette is a simple one – grey oil-stained European White Oak, white walls and large slabs of white marble. Lighting in linear slots between horizontal and vertical planes provides an ambient, warm glow. The white and grey-veined Calacatta marble of the kitchen worktop forms a strong sculptural element, with everyday utensils and appliances hidden away behind doors. The marble slabs also create a seamless bathroom, where the surfaces are seemingly carved out of stone. (Similar to Carrara marble, Calacatta marble also comes from the Carrara region of Italy, but has a bolder, more dramatic vein, which can vary from grey to brown. It is also a whiter white, which makes it more valuable).

Built-in storage and shelving and beautiful mid-century furniture pieces furnish the spaces simply.

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Templer Townhouse by Workshop for Architecture LLP, here.

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