Upper West Side Duplex Combination
This 3 bedroom duplex apartment was previously 2 adjacent duplex apartments with lofted bedrooms in one of the most unique buildings BHA has ever worked in. The unusual structural scheme of the building (see before photos of an enormous concrete encased truss spanning two floors) presented many challenges and shaped the layout of the new apartment and the location of its central stair and hanging walkway to the lofted bedrooms.
This project was a true collaboration between BHA, the contractor, the structural engineer and the client, whose knowledge of the building’s mechanical systems was crucial. The apartment is centered around a double-height living and dining space, with tons of storage and a cozy office tucked under and around the stair. The west wing houses the kitchen on the lower level, and a (pink!) bedroom, bathroom and closet suite at the upper level. The east wing includes the master suite on the lower level, and a third bedroom, bathroom and laundry room above.
The exposed structural steel of the stair components, which was cleaned and polished to a jewelry-like satin finish with a household staple: white vinegar, ties the whole apartment together. The lofted bedrooms have steel interior windows facing the double height living space. Gorgeous brass light fixtures and wood cabinets bring warmth to the space that compliments the dark industrial steel
BHA Interior Designer: Julia Conti
Photographer: Brett Beyer