Nominee
2013-14
West 72nd Street Duplex, NY
New York Ciry,  New York, 

Lilian H. Weinreich Architects
 
This 1,800 sf duplex renovation is on the 36th and 37th floors of an existing post-war, residential tower in the premier upper-west side of Manhattan. It was designed for a retired couple, devotees of classical music/ballet, as an urban sanctuary for their frequent visits to NY and purchased both for the mesmerizing views and close proximity to Lincoln Centre. The conceptual framework was based on a set of ancient Japanese design aesthetics, embraced by the Owners during the years the family lived/worked in Japan. Reference is made to the ancient ideals of wabi (transient/stark beauty), sabi (the beauty of natural patina, aging), and yūgen (profound grace and subtlety). A delicate Noh mask carved from a solid block of wood using traditional techniques by the client’s daughter floats ethereally within a frameless glazed-lit niche carved into the stairwell wall, welcoming each visitor to the space. Programmatically the space divides into public/private. The lower level is one large, open utilitarian space for dining/entertainment with floor-width views that can be partitioned-off with sliding glazed Shoji screens. The private bedroom “quarters” on the upper level, feature a sequence of graceful/rhythmic forms flowing around the central core hallway wall forming a contextual relationship with the adjacent Art-Deco building and lake beyond. Dropped ceiling planes became focal to the design-resolution creating a sculptural-interplay of planes that were carved/slipped/floated with lit-coves/ lit-infinity edges creating an illusion of a taller/grander spatial-openness. All ceiling planes relate to function and house stair channel-beam supports, concrete-beams, recessed light fixture housings and unsightly wiring, ducts and piping. Design should be syntactically consistent, and pragmatically understandable. It should be visually-powerful, intellectually-coherent, and above all timeless. Minimal tolerances rely on precision in detailing and execution completing Enso (Japanese for circle) – the absolute in strength/elegance/void.
 
Sustainability Features:

• To implement construction waste management control - all existing appliances were donated • Where possible the existing structure was salvaged and re-used. Much of the prior interior alteration and existing building-envelope was poorly constructed. While the existing building envelope and perimeter windows remain in their entirety, meas ...
Lilian H. Weinreich Architects
Lilian H. Weinreich Architects is a boutique multi-disciplinary architectural and interior design firm based in New York City and Philadelphia with roots in Australia. The firm has gained acclaim for its signature design aesthetic in which space and light are used as sculptural elements. This sensibility evolves from the intent to design pure, modern and functional spaces. The firm approaches each of its projects as a set of individual programmatic possibilities. Residential design has always been central to the practice.
Address: 150 Central Park South 502
City: New York
State: NY
Zip: 10019
Country: United States
Phone: (917) 770-1000
Fax: (212) 397-8049
Website: http://www.weinreich-architects.com
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