Chelsea Loft

This is one of a series of residential projects which result from the study of urban domestic space. The loft as a spatial type for living can be seen as a freeing of the traditional programmatic organization of domesticity from a series of specified rooms based on a typical family structure to flexible open space.

These investigate organizations of conditional programmatic structure by incorporating a variety of transformative elements to negotiate degrees of privacy and programmatic specificity within open loft spaces.  In this loft we explored variations on themes familiar from the previous designs (this is the third project designed for the family) – the flexibility of the home to adjust to evolving lifestyles, the articulation of multiple domestic activities, and the unconventional use of conventional materials.  The loft is organized by a series of four sliding wood and glass panels and three pivoting doors dividing formal and informal spaces.


New York, NY


Private Client




5,000 sqft

MFA Design Team

Scott Marble, Karen Fairbanks, Pete Cornell, Jay Berman

Structural Engineer

Office of Structural Design

General Contractor

Noah & David

Sliding Panel Fabricator

Sub-Studio (William Massie)


Design Award, AIA New York


Paul Warchol; Eduard Hueber / Arch Photo, Inc.