transformer loft, new york
new york
studio garneau

This 550-square-foot loft lives large thanks to a serene open plan and clever multifunctional built-in storage. A corner unit with great views, the small space has six windows and access to lots of natural light, says architect Robert Garneau, AIA, LEED AP. “The client wanted a space that was as clean and simple as possible,” he says. Garneau gutted the dilapidated pre-war apartment and used a restrained palette of white walls, stainless steel, and wood floors and built-ins to help make the space feel minimalist and relaxing. “It was meant to be a haven and a relaxing space, and the materiality helps to support that,” he says. The judges agreed: “It’s a very small space that lives big,” one juror said. “They were able to make a complete living space.”

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project credits principal in charge/project architect: Robert Garneau, AIA, LEED AP, Studio Garneau; general contractor: John Rusk, Rusk Renovations, New York; project size: 550 square feet; construction cost: $360 per square foot; photography: Bart Michiels.

product details

bath cabinets: custom; bathroom fittings: Dornbracht,, Gessi,; bath fixtures: Duravit,, Kohler,; ceiling fan: Minka Aire,; cooktop: Alpes,; dishwasher: Miele,; doors: Hafele,; flooring (carpet): ABC Carpet,; flooring: Nemo,; flooring (wood): Wideplank International (now Ebony and Co.),; hardware: Hettich America,; kitchen cabinets: custom; kitchen fittings: Arwa,; lighting: Tiella,, W.A.C. Lighting,, Zumtobel,; microwave: Sharp,; oven: Miele,; paints: Sherwin-Williams,, Sutherland Welles,; plywood: Columbia Forest Products,; refrigerator: Northland Corp.,; tub: Zuma Collection,