Old New York apartments contain layers of decisions made by different owners in different eras. When taking on a new renovation, the design process must re-evaluate these decisions to craft a new space that embraces the good decisions and discards those that no longer work.
Studio Modh Architecture
Studio Modh Architecture was founding by architect Philip Ryan. Prior to forming the studio, Philip Ryan worked for Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in New York for fourteen years in design and management leadership capacities before leaving as a Senior Associate in 2012. His design and construction experience while at the office was extensive including notably the design and construction of the AIA Honor Award winning American Folk Art Museum in New York, the AIA Honor Award winning Skirkanich Hall at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA. The studio is based in Brooklyn, New York.
Situated within a landmark former warehouse, the project combines two previously renovated apartments into one new home for a young, growing family. With complex lives that require flexible live and work space, the design re-balances the spatial distribution to emphasize a grand, communal area while minimizing the sleeping spaces.