Messana O'Rorke
155 Perry Street Apartment

155 Perry Street

155 Perry Street Apartment

155 Perry Street Apartment

New York, NY

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155 Perry Street Apartment

155 Perry Street Apartment

New York, NY

Located in the neighborhood of the West Village this dejected apartment had nothing to recommend it except for location. Everything was sad, banal and dreary, so was removed, rethought and replaced.

The design is centered around a single storage wall which divided the public space from the private, with twelve foot tall translucent plastic and poplar pocket doors; allowing each area to blend with the other when they are open. On entering the apartment the hall closet and shower room are hidden behind a wall of white lacquered panels, an existing concrete column defines the entry hall from the living room beyond. The kitchen was conceived as two pieces of furniture one adjacent to the wall and the other floating in the space as an island, rectilinear and abstract only identifying itself by the sink and faucet. The two elements are made of white Corian and Walnut. The corian is formed in an upside down ‘u’ with walnut cabinetry slipped into the void. The island also acts as an eat in bar kitchen. This is a location from which the cook can entertain the gathered guests. Adjacent to the island is a wall of walnut which contains the hidden refrigerator, pantry and storage. The living room centers on an existing fireplace, which is also visible from the master bedroom when the pocket door is left in the open position.

The storage wall separates the master bedroom from the living room and the guest room from the kitchen. The wall can be circumnavigated through a third pocket door between the master bedroom closet and the guest room. The master bathroom is finished in limestone, Venetian hand rubbed plaster and glass tile, under mount white porcelain sinks reflect the under mount tub which is similarly embedded in a limestone platform.

The entire apartment is enlivened by a series of exposed and obscured fluorescent light fixtures which can be dimmed depending on the mood and atmosphere required, each bringing bright daylight quality light into its darkest recesses.