Foto © Frank Oudeman
Foto © Frank Oudeman
Foto © Frank Oudeman
Foto © Frank Oudeman
Immagine © nARCHITECTS
Immagine © nARCHITECTS

Ply Loft

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New York, USA

Ursula Endlicher + Lee Day

1,000 sf

Artist’s Live/Work space

Eric Bunge, Mimi Hoang (Principals); Jorge Pereira, Takuya Shinoda, Sebastian Potz, Sam Dufaux

Structure: Robert Silman Assoc.; MEP: Irwin Associates

Ply Loft is an artists’ live/work space that responds to the familiar New York predicament of too much program and too little space. A sinuous surface of bendable plywood separates private and storage spaces from the living area, balancing a sense of openness with enclosure. Flush sliding doors of the same ply material double as dimmers for light fixtures concealed in the door pockets: Opening a door diminishes the intensity of artificial light and raises that of daylight, whereas sliding the door shut increases artificial light levels and lowers the amount of daylight. A wall of sliding sheer screens in front of the south-facing windows also modulates daylight. Via the active sliding elements of the sinuous ply surface and the translucent window screens, both artificial and natural light are dynamically modulated according to the artists’ daily activities.

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