Alternate TitleSeries: Three Projects: One Form
Giuseppe Zambonini describes three New York City loft renovations, designed and built by Open Atelier of Design (OAD), completed in 1981. Key concepts, common to the three residential projects, include: context; use of existing (industrial) features (columns, brick walls, sinks); division between public and private (within a residential space); use of partial walls; ornament; benefits of Design-Build. Project 1: client: young, spartan composer for a live/work loft in Chelsea, 18th street. Zambonini addresses: not modifying the original shell of the industrial space; the use of very narrow spaces; furniture tailored to the space. Project 2: clients: young couple. Loft on 23rd street. Existing conditions provided a unique design opportunity: structural columns marked a series of chambers in a sequence. Other conditions include the extreme amount of daylight. Zambonini describes the lavender color OAD created for the walls and how it changes throughout the day. Other topics include the use of platforms and a series of doors to create an increasing sense of privacy. Project 3: Tribeca loft, Zambonini's home. He describes the space as long, narrow, passive, and not dynamic. He describes, at length, a fountain OAD created for the loft. He recalls his grandmother, a “source of powerful images of living," who, in Italy, would put a tub of water outside in the morning sun; by evening this would become “rested water.” Zambonini recalls a pleasant childhood activity: to bathe in the open air in this tepid water. The New York City fountain is made from Verona red marble:, which contains shells and fossils and breaks in a clean line. Construction techniques for mixed combinations (tile and wood; wood and drywall).
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