An NYC Water Tower Transformed by Messana O'Rorke

An NYC Water Tower Transformed by Messana O’Rorke

I came across this article back in 2012 and saved the bookmark all this time. After re-discovering the article and seeing the diversity and quality of the work by the architects Messana O’Rorke, it was by necessity to have it featured here. Readers of RenovatingNYC know of our deep love for all rooftop construction, design, and architecture (and bars). I suspect there will be other Massana O’Rorke’s projects featured here soon. -RJ

An NYC Water Tower Transformed by Messana O’Rorke

An excerpt from a post that originally appeared on Remodelista.com

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Above: The water tower on the client’s roof deck has been transformed into an urban tree house perched high in a city of towers and skyscrapers.

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Above: The client anticipated that a new stair would encourage him to ascend more frequently to his roof deck and Tank House. A custom stainless steel spiral stair replaced an existing painted steel stair with wood treads.

Film director Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony at the Olympics last week showcased the Brits and their consistently quirky approach to life. As a displaced Brit in New York, Messana O’Rorke’s client reflected this national characteristic when he took a slightly different view to the increase of his personal space after purchasing the rights to a water tower for 99 years on the roof of his downtown apartment. Instead of filling the space with programmatic requirements, he eschewed proverbial real estate wisdom and instructed the New York based firm (a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory) to create a void; ostensibly an empty space for reading, relaxing and listening to music. This romantic water tower to man cave transformation certainly has us convinced about the merits of looking at life a little differently.

Above: While the project started as a renovation of a 5-by-8-foot bathroom, the scope increased to renovating the entire apartment.

Above: The client anticipated that a new stair would encourage him to ascend more frequently to his roof deck and Tank House. A custom stainless steel spiral stair replaced an existing painted steel stair with wood treads.

Above: While the project started as a renovation of a 5-by-8-foot bathroom, the scope increased to renovating the entire apartment.

Above: While the project started as a renovation of a 5-by-8-foot bathroom, the scope increased to renovating the entire apartment.

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Above: The maple floor in Tank House matches the existing apartment and was segmented into removable panels providing access to storage space below.

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Above: Architects Brian Messana (L) and Toby O’Rorke (R).

 

ABOUT THE ARCHITECT (from their website):

“Founded in 1996 in New York City, Messana O’Rorke is a dynamic and evolving practice with a commitment to the inherent value of design to enhance the quality of life at all levels of exposure. The nexus of architecture, contemporary culture and current technology is the constant focus of our endeavors, from research driven investigations to realized projects. An interdisciplinary practice, MO’R has resisted becoming specialized in any particular aspect of architecture, and actively seeks new design challenges. Messana and O’Rorke direct teams of professional and talented individuals in projects both in the United States and internationally. The firm invests its creative energies in a broad range of residential, commercial, institutional and theoretical projects, with a scope that varies from furniture and functional products, to interior architecture and the built environment. Collaboration is the essential component in MO’R relationships with clients, they focus their experience, expertise and imaginations into realizing the unique aspirations of each project beyond its expectation.”

CONTACT INFO:

223 East 10th Street, No. 12, New York, New York 10003
T 212 807 1960

E info@messanaororke.com
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via The Architect Is In: A NYC Firm Answers Your Questions : Remodelista.