COLLECTOR’S LOFT, NEW YORK, NY (2009)
Specifier: UNStudio / Amsterdam, Netherlands, Franke Gottsegen Cox Architects / Brooklyn, NY, Renfro Design Group / New York, NY
Installer: NEWMAT USA LTD. / West Babylon, NY
Project: For this exciting loft in Greenwich Village the design explores the interaction between a gallery and living space. The main walls in the loft flow through the space, and together with articulated ceilings create hybrid conditions in which exhibition areas merge into living areas.
While the walls form a calm and controlled backdrop for the works of art, the ceiling is more articulated in its expression of this transition. By interchanging luminous and opaque, the ceiling creates a field of ambient and local lighting conditions, forming an organizational element in the exhibition and the living areas.
For the luminous ceilings, Newmat USA supplied and installed its NEW/LIGHT system with a double-layer membrane together with custom curved aluminum channel dividers and custom metal perimeters allowing vertical return of the membrane where needed.
In order to keep the design consistent, Newmat USA also supplied and installed the custom curved aluminum dividers for the opaque ceiling areas, which are made of plaster.