PROJECTS - residential
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40 Bond Street Residence - NYC, NY
Design Architect: John Pawson Architects
Record Architect : Plain Space Inc.
The 40 Bond Street condominiums play an important role in the constant revitalization of New York City, transforming one of the last un-renovated cast iron buildings in Manhattan. Swiss architects “Herzog and de Meuron” pay homage to the building’s early history through green-hued cast glass fenestration reminiscent of its turn of the century construction while a street-level sculptural façade speaks to its more recent past of the graffiti art period of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Straddling historical periods and architectural themes, the building inspires residents to explore their own interpretation of “home.”
The client’s admiration for the minimalist design of London-based architect John Pawson led him to commission the architect to create a serene, geometric interior within Herzog and de Meuron’s organic space. The collaboration highlights a dynamic contrast of interior and exterior that simultaneously compliments the other’s artistic vision. During the day, sunlight from the south penetrates into the open loft space through floor-to-ceiling windows. At night, two parallel lines of light run the entire length of the loft, one from the pocket of the shade and the other from a slot in the wood paneling, wrapping the space in a soft, warm glow emitted without shadow breaks by Nippo’s seamless lamps. Pawson’s wooden partition walls, become sheets giving a rhythm to the space. When viewed from the outside, the radiant wooden walls form a soft backdrop to the building’s lime cast-glass windows.
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