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macguffin films


The office for MacGuffin Films, a commercial film production company, a large ground floor space with storage below in a building where they already had a production studio. The raw space was long (over 100 feet) and narrow (23, -28 feet at its widest) with windows on one narrow side and 16-foot ceilings. The floor [...]

This apartment is for a single woman who chose space and a view over discreet rooms. The client has collected many beautiful artifacts in her travels, and runs a company that creates award-winning hand-knotted carpets made in Nepal. The living room is a topographic landscape formed by the platforms of the seating areas, tables and [...]

tibet house


The Board of Directors describes their vision of this project as follows: Tibet House is a non-profit cultural institution designed to save, promote, and enrich the sacred arts and philosophy of the ancient civilization of Tibet-a culture that is now on the brink of total annihilation. Part of the vision-already coming true-is an array of [...]

Two small law practices that often referred work to each other decided to relocate together to a small (2,600 square foot) full floor on a high floor on Wall Street. As part of their lease, the building owner contributed to the renovation cost of the space, however the resulting budget was not adequate for a [...]

The clients, a young couple who are both producers and creative directors in advertising, stressed that they wanted the relatively small raw space (800 square feet) to remain as open as possible. An oval "appliance" routes and transforms the services supplied to the space into the functions associated with a home (and disposes of the [...]

This 2,400 square foot loft with 13' - 3" ceilings was designed for a client who is an artist and film director, his wife, and their young children. From early studies on, a decision was made to have the dining room at the center of the loft, reflecting its importance in most Jewish rituals in [...]

In this new kitchen for an architectural photographer, the design connects the open spaces of his loft to the closed spaces, (the bedroom and bathroom). Service elements not normally seen in residential settings but common in lofts, (e.g. electrical conduits and gas lines) are given a formal role in defining the geometry and representing the [...]

The design for the renovation of a master bedroom and bathroom suite for a Victorian studies professor and a psychologist developed from the style that has evolved in the rest of their home, a combination of Victorian with classic 50's & 60's modern furniture. The new bedroom resembles a four-poster bed that one can walk [...]

This 1,450 square foot loft was designed for an attorney with a large Manhattan law firm. The screen-like partitions were developed to do a number of things formally and functionally. Their relatively short height makes the space seem larger and allows it to be read as a whole. The screens that flank the living room [...]

The Board of Directors of this 38-unit residential building wanted to upgrade the appearance and functionality of their small 500 square foot lobby. With a limited budget, the design had to take advantage of the durable and/or expensive materials in place. As requested by the client group, the new design provides a larger, more functional [...]