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A New York Loft That Makes a Cavernous Space Feel Human

A New York Loft That Makes a Cavernous Space Feel Human

We love apartments that look as antiseptic as the Wonkavision room, but we doubt we could actually live in one of ’em — we’re slobs! WorkAC‘s White Street Loft in New York is the next best thing: a minimalist apartment for people who don’t live like minimalists. And it also solves a huge problem with loft spaces: Nice as they seem, they’re uncomfortable as hell to live in, what with all that echoing, empty space.

Instead of a sprawling open space done up entirely in white — the sort of thing that’s only convenient for dudes like this — the 6,000-square-foot triplex is broken up into what the architects call “programmatic stripes.” In essence, they’re partitioned nooks, each catered to a specific purpose and each wildly different from the next.

That includes a “Shaker Box” (above) with a gorgeous built-in dinner table, which can double as a stage or a dance floor; a media room that’s got kid-friendly curved felt-covered walls and floors; and a living room reminiscent of the aforementioned Wonkavision space so that the place still feels like a loft (and the grown-ups can still feel like grown-ups).

The really cool thing here is that some of the “stripes” are configurable. On the ground floor, they’re linked by a series of tables, each of which can be adjusted (the living-room table lowers from the ceiling!) to create one massive surface ideal for Last Supper-esque meals with friends and extended family or even kiddie fashion shows. Personally, we’re not too fond of the idea of eating off a table that, five minutes ago, had tiny soiled feet padding around on it. Then again, this isn’t the kind of place for worrying about a little dirt.

[For lots more pictures and info, check out ArchDaily.com’s article here.]