The NoHo Duplex Renovation
Lillian Weinreich has an impressive resume of high-end apartment combinations, duplex renovations, and interior modernizations. Among them, the NoHo Duplex stood out. This single family two-floor home with a street level entrance incorporates some excellent design elements and material choices. The industrial detailing of the stairs are the perfect complement to the existing columns that appear throughout the home. It would be great to get to know her design process, as well as her trusted resources for high quality modern interior architecture like this. Please take a look for yourself and learn more about the project as well as the architect below. -RJ Díaz
“The 1,500 sf NoHo Duplex was reconfigured and redesigned as a first home for a young couple’s casual lifestyle and expanding family. With thoughtful planning, the existing one-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex was converted into a three-bedroom, two and a half bath family residence with large den/family room and open, flowing interior—greatly enhancing real estate value without sacrificing design, function, or space.
The kitchen, dining, and lounge spaces flow seamlessly to the private areas on both levels. A folded glass and metal privacy screen at the street level entry cleverly shields the apartment from street view. At the rear of the reconfigured upper level, a series of 11-foot high, fully retractable, glass and steel-framed door panels separate the new guest powder room and compact master bedroom and bathroom suite.
On the lower level, pocketed sliding doors between two bedrooms create a flexible space for the children—open as a playroom during the day and subdivided at night for sleep.
The design and fabrication of the staircase to meet code and child safety requirements presented the project’s most significant challenge. The staircase’s co-planar, clear-tempered glass rails and childproof open slots elegantly comply. A sizable post concealed in the wall support the welded bent steel angles, attached with moment connections. A fumed rubio-monocoat finish on the red oak wood flooring of the floating stair treads and throughout both levels lends warmth to a graphically neutral and steel interior. For a unique handcrafted industrial appearance, masterly Korean tanker warship metal fabricators forged all of the project’s metalwork, including the stair supports and door panels, on site.
Simplicity in design and uniqueness in resolution are key to this alteration”
About Lillian H. Weinreich Architects
Lilian H Weinreich Architects is a boutique multi-disciplinary architectural and interior design firm based in New York City, with roots in Australia. Founded in 2009, the practice’s work includes architectural design, interiors, and furniture design which is sustainable and accessible when required.
Projects vary from fully-integrated micro-spaces to high-end apartment combinations, duplex renovations, and interior modernizations with rear additions to historic landmarked townhouses/brownstone properties. The firm is known for its creative signature design, marked by an innovative use of natural and industrial materials in which space and light become sculptural elements.
LHWA approaches each of its projects as a set of individual programmatic possibilities through the synthesis of consultation, research, and design. The practice views client participation as integral to the direction and development of each project. The firm incorporates principles of collaboration throughout the design phases, to the construction process, resulting in completed projects that are original, creative, functional, and responsive to client goals.
Contact Lillian H. Weinreich Architects
Lilian H Weinreich
AIA RAIA LEED-AP(BD+C) NCARB
150 Central Park South #502
New York New York
T. 917 770 1000