Private house, residential project
“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, “Chiarezza e semplicita’,” Controspazio, 1998
This is the smallest project that APT ARCHITECTURE 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 ARCHITECTURE introduced three-dimensional elements that would create the living quarters she was seeking.
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. Below, 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.
AIANY Design Merit Award - 1997
Controspazio - Chiarezza e semplicita’: lo studio Pagnamenta e Torriani a New York - Cristina Finucci - 1998