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New York, NY | 500 SF | Completed 1997 | Residential

“To understand such an articulated space in three dimensions, it is not enough to look at it—you need to turn, climb, lift your head…an experience that is predominantly tactile.”

- Cristina Finucci


This is the smallest project that APT has completed, for its youngest client to date.


Carolina’s Room was the realization of a girl’s dream to create her own home within a home, her special space within her family’s New York townhouse.  APT introduced three-dimensional elements to create the living quarters she imagined.


The studio’s ingenious young client imagined the design metaphor of a tree house, one that would offer an elevated sleeping area, like a screened balcony in the sky, next to another elevated and sheltered study space.  On the entry level, she desired a small area with cushions where she could lounge and watch television. The client was also adamant about the visual tidiness of her space—all of her belongings needed to have a place of their own.


Except for the existing walls, none of the new elements of the project intersect orthogonally. This three-dimensional relationship enabled the firm to create proportionally small spaces where young children love to hide.

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Photographs by Dan Cornish

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