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Modern penthouse hides on top of historical building in New York

Welcome to the penthouse designed by studio WORKac on the roofs of Tribeca


Perched above one of Tribeca’s most ancient townhouses with cast-iron facade and Corinthian columns, the modern penthouse designed by studio WORKac develops into a three-storey extension with folded metal roof. 

The innovative project follows recent restrictions stipulated by the New York’s Landmarks Commission, according to which all rooftop additions on historical pieces of architecture shall be invisible from the street level. 

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Torn between the past and present, architects of studio WORKac kept the old building almost untouched while giving it a contemporary restyling and creating a triangular pediment whose organic shape is completely hidden from sight of passersby.

The modern interior layout draws its main inspiration from natural elements, allowing to experience the urban dimension within a pleasant and relaxing environment.

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Each flat features wooden floorings, futon beds, large living area with picture windows and small botanical garden set up above the kitchen.

The top-floor penthouse with panoramic terrace boasts a truly privileged location.

The wooden terrace comprises a living area (and generous sink squeezed obliquely between two partition walls) enclosed by a green fence, and sits above the cast-iron facade of the 1857’s building, now painted dark to stand out against its lighter neighbours. 

The old Corinthian column capitals have been restored in partnership with Zurich-based artist Micheal Hansmeyer.

The rooftop’s geometric silhouette – inclusive of three triangular glazed openings – blends with the house's bright interiors connected by an open, sinuous staircase with mesh railings and glass walls; a game of transparencies and reflections is thus created, unfolding towards the night-area that is dotted with warm wooden finishes, steel surfaces and a few green touches.

by Monica Mascia London / 19 April 2017


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