A dreamy New York office converted from a 19th Century building

A collection of distinct spaces that compliment but do not imitate each other.

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  •  BY Jack Lowe

Brooklyn-based practice GRT Architects recently completed the renovation of a 19th century building close to the world-famous Flatiron Building for a small UX design firm. Instead of ripping out all the walls to create a clean, white box, however, GRT opted to play up the separation, creating an intimate work space designed more like a home than an office.

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After entering through a working kitchen (painted in everyone's favourite "millennial pink"), you pass through to an entirely black-blue room covered wall-to-wall with carpet. "The space envelopes you with an absorbing depth, texture, and acoustic isolation," says GRT. "Despite appearances as the nap-room, it mainly functions as an internal and client meeting space." Beyond this is the main work space, where the milk-grey seen on the painted floors extends up to the colour of the custom workstation.

"The result is a collection of distinct spaces that compliment but do not imitate each other," continue GRT. "Openings between rooms were left deliberately modest to accentuate the sense of departure when passing from one to the next. Modest materials were selected for economy and ease of replacement as much as aesthetics."

Photo: Nicole Franzen

Photo: Nicole Franzen

Photo: Nicole Franzen

Photo: Nicole Franzen

Photo: Nicole Franzen

Photo: Nicole Franzen

Photo: Nicole Franzen

Photo: Nicole Franzen

www.grtarchitects.com

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