15th Street Apartment
Project : 15th Street Apartment
Location : Chelsea, Manhattan
Firm : George Ranalli Architect
Associates: Silman Engineers
Photography: George Cserna & Michelle Agins
George Ranalli Architect’s 15th Street Apartment project, in Chelsea, Manhattan, began at the southern end of property. Redesigning the space inside a late 1800’s factory loft building, adapted for residential reuse, employed the architectural strategy of insertion. The interior architecture places a habitable form inside existing space inside an old factory loft building. The sculptural insertion is habitable, and it serves to shape the space for a sleeping loft, dining area, ‘out-of-sight’ storage, a new kitchen and bathroom, and a pleasant entryway. The second phase of the project, completed 10-years later, joined the first apartment to another apartment next-door, by using a portion of the common hall. A reworking of the total layout keyed to large existing wood framed windows, and 12-foot ceilings, created a spacious three-bedroom apartment that makes the most of its sweeping New York City views. Cantilevered silhouettes and layering of form, wrapped in materials such as dapples wood, marble, and metal, composes a vibrant home, and from George Ranalli Designs, “Lock-it” door lever, and a ‘verde antico’ table, for a lovely, functional, and durable urban home.