Upper West Side Duplex

location: Manhattan

year: 1998

photography: Paul Warchol

project description

This duplex apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan combined two apartments. The design focused on the insertion of a new stair to connect both levels and integrate spaces without subtracting from the limited available living area. An open stair of natural walnut was carefully threaded between existing bathrooms to link both spaces and provide a continuous circulation path. On the lower floor the stair reads like a piece of furniture within the open loft-like space whereas on the upper level it is integrated within the walls of the private sleeping areas. The new enclosure for the stair on the second level provides the opportunity to bring natural light down to the first level and incorporates much needed storage space.

Axonometric View


Photographs: Paul Warchol

Builder: J.H. Murray