Architect Luca Andrisani revives a loft from the punk rock aftermath and reveals solutions to preventing and rebounding from remodeling disaster
While remodeling a 4,000-square-foot New York City loft that had been dramatically vacated by punk rocker Courtney Love amidst a flurry of tabloid media reports, Luca Andrisani was humming anything but a carefree tune. First, the space, located in a prewar paper factory building, was in less than pristine condition. The owners had made the split decision to convert open space into modular units. Plumbing was to be added to a wall of tangled pipes. And the ancient clanking fireplace needed to be stifled once and for all. Fortunately, Andrisani—who has led projects for some of the world’s most exclusive high-end names like Louis Vuitton, Prada, Fendi and Dior—saved the day with fast thinking and some creative spin
Before: The Wide-Open Space
Prior to the remodel, the loft had floor-to-ceiling windows on opposing walls that filled the space with natural light but the homeowner's plans to create a modular space risked creating a cave-like feel. Architect Luca Andrisani was presented with the challenge: How to create rooms without the losing light.
The added framework gives structure and warmth to the old overly-open space. Here, the clanking fireplace crackles quietly, light streams in, and the space is more inviting than Courtney Love would have ever planned.
Solution to Open but Private Space
Rich wood grain walls are really practical pivot doors. They close to create intimate space and fold back when the owners are craving the open-feel of their loft.
A room divider with peek-a-boo shelves is also an unconventional way to provide natural light to the inner rooms of the loft.
The library is a cozy floating modular “room within a room.” It was cleverly designed to receive natural light via two spacious doorways. Without feeling confining, the space acts as a hideaway within the larger structure.
Before and After: Bathroom
A solution to the massive amount of bulky pipes and ducts was to offset the master bath walls so the ceiling wouldn’t be too low.
Before and After: Fireplace
Adding a fan atop the fireplace to improve airflow, then building out the facade was more practical than ripping out the entire fireplace to fix its existing problems.
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