South Street Seaport Loft1999

New York, NY1350 sf

Programmatic exploration into the fundamental use of space and materials for the South Street Seaport Loft was driven by the analogy of ship/yacht to house/apartment. The maritime history of the context in lower Manhattan provides for the reinterpreted materiality and textural nature of the design for a duplex residence with views of South Street Seaport and the Fulton Street Fish Market. Located on a 19th Century site, our investigation to define a residence examined the context of the site and era. The staircase is the icon of the realized design, conceived as a ship’s ladder. Bedrooms were developed as ‘cabins’ with efficient built-in furniture, sliding doors, and compartmentalized storage.