Located next to the United Nations on the East River, this private residence liberates the traditional prewar apartment into a continuous sequence of rooms. A magazine design director required an apartment that could easily accommodate daily living, entertaining, and a small work space.

The existing prewar one bedroom apartment commands tremendous views of the United Nations, the East River, and the Chrysler Building, but had limited social flexibility due to a small and difficult to access bathroom. The solution is conceived by reorganizing the apartment layout from a room-and-corridor plan to a room-to-room plan.

By inserting a new master bathroom and separate powder room, each room is allowed multiple paths of connection and circulation. The creation of this perimeter circulation enhances the natural cooling from the apartment’s three exterior exposures.

© 2010 NOA: Andrew Heid, Edward Leida, Michael Zenreich Architects (A of R), 8x8 Construction, and Rubiano Associates..

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