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Strange, Super-Vertical NYC Retrofit with a Tiny Footprint

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Here’s a sleek loft in a teeny Manhattan apartment that makes interesting use of the tiny space.

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Much taller than it is wide, the attic space represented one of the most unusual design challenges faced by Specht Harpman Architects.

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It’s difficult to overcome the sense of oppression in a very small space with a disproportionately high ceiling.

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The poky but tall space was the attic at the top of a six story building.

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As the architects describe it, there was nowhere you could reasonably put a couch or a bed in the original space, even though it was 25 feet tall in places.

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Yet they succeeded in creating this restful living space for a generous seating system and a bed!

How did they manage it?

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Stairs play a key role. The kitchen is lower than the living room, so a waist height workbench in the kitchen wraps around a cabinet to become a low hearth coffee table height in the living room.

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The result is that from the kitchen, you look up a few stairs at the living room.

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And in the other direction, the bathroom is another few steps down from the kitchen.

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The two full staircases (to the bedroom, and to the roof) are the storage space – but of course you knew that. Putting the storage under the stairs is Space Saving 101.

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The very high ceiling means that the view from the bed is a long view – so rare in midtown Manhattan apartments – but that long view is straight up to the ceiling! Strange, and unique.

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A high loft bed, with the view looking down, might have been the more well-trod path here.

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But the effect of this very unusual choice could be curiously restful, even meditative. What do you think?

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