West Street Apartment
Philip Parker Architect
Apartment renovation, New York NY
Summer 2006 ~ Winter 2008
Design team: Philip Parker (principal), Minyoung Song, Christopher Whitelaw
-Project Statement by Philip Parker
"The apartment on the top floor of the former Downtown Athletic Club looks out over New York Harbor, its south and west facing windows provide both spectacular views and intense sunlight. Modulating these passages in and out and the tensions developed in their intersections forms one set of surfaces. The second set of surfaces resolve the fluctuations of use, it is an office, conference room for six with video and an apartment. The first set of surfaces are milled louvers, they block and allow passage in multiple directions in varying intervals they open views to the harbor’s traffic and monuments while blocking the direct sunlight during the heat of the day; they trap light and provide a rippling glow at the periphery.
The bounding surfaces act as conventional folding, pivoting, and sliding containers and supports, they form a perimeter of storage, conceal the bed, desk and reflect and allow light into the most recessed spaces."
photos and drawings by Minyoung Song, PPA