Chelsea Pied-a-Terre by Stadt Architecture

This inspiring post-war apartment located in New York City, has been recently completed by Stadt Architecture.

Description by Stadt Architecture

The Chelsea Pied-à-Terre Apartment is an East Coast home for a professional couple who permanently reside in Vancouver, British Columbia. Prior to the renovation, the post-war layout had a cramped enclosed kitchen isolated from the windowed living area.

To address our client’s desire to have a robust working kitchen, we enlarged, opened, and reoriented the kitchen’s footprint to take advantage of the living room’s daylight. New pale oak herringbone and large marble chip terrazzo tile floors define the living and kitchen/bathroom areas respectively.

Our clients also challenged our team to incorporate a landscape feature to help mitigate their reaction to downtown Manhattan’s concrete environment. After much consideration, we found inspiration from Vancouver’s Stanley Park and reconsidered ‘landscape’ as a custom hand painted wall covering. Canopy beds like the Great Bed of Ware by Hans Vredeman de Vries traditionally used landscape references incorporated into their design. Our custom wall covering—in collaboration with Calico Wallpaper—is analogous to the canopy bed’s use of upholstery as a space defining ceiling canopy and headboard wall. When privacy is not a concern, this room-sized architectural canopy bed becomes a visual focal point from the open living room.

Photography courtesy of Stadt Architecture

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- by Matt Watts

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