Watts Street Loft Renovation by Studio Tractor Architecture
A clean modern loft renovation on Watts Street in New York City by Studio Tractor Architecture. A simple color palette with a great mix of wood finishes to nicely complement the decorating and design choices. Again I’d love to know who made the furnishings and decorating choices. It’s definitely a place I could easily call home.
DESCRIPTION BY THE ARCHITECTS
“Our loft for a family of four is an example of how design can enrich the practice of everyday life, creating a procession of moments that frame and express a desire for warmth, intimacy and stability.
The entryway, thickened on either side by deep closets, sanctifies a liminal experience. The teak veneer of the passage visually communicates with the teak veneer of the open kitchen’s cabinets and, farther on, the custom bookcases. In the living room, a well-coordinated materials palette establishes a rich background for the enormous windows. Full-height glass-panel doors provide a naturally lighted element and mark off the sleeping area. Between the master bedroom and the master bathroom, another closet vestibule keeps things cozy and filled with light.”
ABOUT THE ARCHITECTS
Studio Tractor is an architectural partnership founded on the ideas of clarity and simplicity. Starting from the initial drawing, our design seeks to maintain the creative act within the construction process. Architecture questions the built environment at multiple scales, from the detailing of connections to a building’s organization on the site. To serve a design’s broader purpose, our investigations value experimentation as much as craft.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
“Tractor” is derived from the Latin root tracto, meaning “to draw” or “to discuss and address.” Thus, the word describes our approach to architecture as a process of production and as a dialogue with our clients. The name also recalls a Polish expression, “Strong like bull, smart like tractor.”
Mark Kolodziejczak earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Cooper Union and his master’s in architecture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. His graduate work was published in Diadolos Architecture Magazine. Prior to co-founding Studio Tractor, he worked with the Cranbrook Architecture Office and as a project architect at Gabellini Associates on several residential, retail and commercial projects in the U.S. and abroad. Kolodziejczak is a licensed architect in the states of New York and Connecticut.
Michael Tower earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Cooper Union and his master’s in architecture from Yale University. At Yale, he was awarded the Carroll L. Meeks scholarship and, to continue his research after graduation, a grant from the Graham Foundation. Prior to co-founding Studio Tractor, he served as a project architect on several residential, commercial and institutional projects at firms such as Hariri & Hariri and Deamer + Phillips. He also has taught architecture at the Pratt Institute and Parson The New School for Design. Tower is a licensed architect in the state of New York.
HOW TO CONTACT STUDIO TRACTOR
STUDIO TRACTOR ARCHITECTURE PLLC
181 North 11th Street, Suite 107
Brooklyn, NY 112111