Chelsea Apartment by BFDO Architects

Chelsea Apartment by BFDO Architects

Architects: Barker Associates Architecture Office – BAAO Architects (previously BFDO Architects)
Project: Chelsea Apartment
Location: Chelsea, Manhattan, New York
Year: 2017
Photographs: Lesley Unruh
Text by BAAO Architects

This Chelsea apartment occupies the top floor of one of a series of brick row houses that were joined together to create a larger building. In the existing layout, the street frontage of the unit is split between the living and dining spaces on one side and one large bedroom on the other.

Chelsea Apartment by BFDO Architects 1

The clients wanted to create a second legal bedroom to have the option to expand their family but to also maintain flexibility in how the spaces are configured. Our solution was to expand the existing bathroom window off of the lightwell to bring enough light and air to a second bedroom. To create that second bedroom, we shifted the bathroom back to the space originally occupied by the kitchen and slid the kitchen over to the large open living and dining spaces.

Chelsea Apartment by BFDO Architects 2

A system of sliding steel and glass panels allows the living side and bedroom sides to be separated or connected depending on the positioning of the panels. The panels can be stacked in the open position to give an expansive, loft-like feeling to the space, which is 12’ high at the front façade.

Chelsea Apartment by BFDO Architects 3

Chelsea Apartment by BFDO Architects 4

Chelsea Apartment by BFDO Architects 5

Chelsea Apartment by BFDO Architects 6

Chelsea Apartment by BFDO Architects 7

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

Raw Concrete Space Converted into an Impressive New Showroom

Complete interior design of the new showroom by our Principal Golbou Rad, to convert it from a raw concrete space to a finished interior. The process included a complete space planning in accordance with the Building Code.

Contemporary Hsinchu Apartment with a Defining Mixture of Styles

This Hsinchu apartment balances materials, styles, colors, and shades in ways to reflect its peaceful unpretentious nature. Simplicity does not mean boring. Combining different styles does not mean chaotic.

North Dallas House by Bentley Tibbs Architect

Taking cues from the original 1-acre site and existing live oak trees, this 8,500 square foot North Dallas house with a traditional "H" layout is very solid, and in some ways, what you expect. While the design is punctuated with surprises like an interior courtyard and visual sight lines in unexpected places, rooms are generally where they are supposed to be.