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Andrew Mikhael Architect
Andrew Mikhael Architect
Andrew Mikhael Architect
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Downtown White on White Apartment

My client purchased this apartment which had a haphazard interior but spectacular light and views of Wall Street and the East River. The unit is on the 28th floor in a converted Landmark office building where Teddy Roosevelt once worked. In addition to being piled high with boxes, it had a challenging L shaped layout with an entrance that opened directly into the kitchen.

A colleague referred me to him and we hit it off right away. He shared with me how his daily life is hectic and scattered. He desired this home to be a sanctuary from the intensity of city life. 

Our challenge was to design a tranquil space with an expanded kitchen, storage, and a bathroom large enough for a soaking tub, all within the 580 square foot confines of the apartment.

We limited the palette to rich, wide plank wood flooring throughout the apartment, including the bathroom, with all-white walls, cabinets, and backsplashes. A wide sliding bedroom door brings natural light deep into the kitchen and bathroom. Floor to ceiling white cabinetry in the living room concealed his storage while insulating sound between his and the neighboring apartment.

His restorative end of day soaks in the tub were freed from the visual barrage of bathroom clutter. A wall to wall medicine cabinet organized all toiletries behind its up-sliding mirror. We sourced a sculptural Japanese style toilet for both it's function and streamlined abstract form.

Upon visiting my client months after he settled in, I love it, I feel like I'm coming home to a spa every day.