Joel Sanders Architect

Lee Loft

The Lee Loft, a duplex residence in downtown Manhattan, blurs traditional distinctions between architecture, furniture, and fashion, “dressing” the interior in an ensemble of materials that connote masculinity. Furniture upholstered in menswear fabrics complements the mahogany-clad walls and built-ins.

While our design deploys materials associated with maleness, the Lee Loft is also concerned with permitting multiple domestic identities. Consequently, architectural elements possess various uses. Mahogany stair treads fold vertically to create a louvered privacy screen and extend horizontally to form bookshelves. The kitchen island is treated as another dual-purpose element: it features a rotating work surface that functions as counter, dining table, or desk.

Location New York, NY
Size 1,800 SF
Year 2000
Photos Peter Aaron / ESTO