The Isaly Residence is a stunning home designed for the Isaly family in a 1848 Gramercy Park townhouse in New York City. Turning a large triplex into two separate dwellings proved to be a challenge and the renovation involved replacing the old steel frame, as well as the electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems. By adding a 620 square feet penthouse on top, the building was split into two apartments of equal value. The open floor upper part was to become a beautiful showcase home inhabited by the Isalys. Fractal Construction collaborated with light designer Ingo Maurer and sculptor Emilio Garcia to create an up-to-date residence described by the constructors as follows: “The walls and ceilings of the living and kitchen area are punctuated with the sensuous sculptures and exploding light fixtures of Garcia and Maurer.
The bricks-and-mortar rear wall of the two main floors has vanished, replaced by a glass curtain fitted with tiny diodes, invisible by day but glinting at night like a private constellation. The outdoor terrace leading from the living room has a glass floor and overlooks the private gardens below. With every available patch of roof converted into usable space, the house boasts two more terraces as well as a roof deck.” Sheltering an open space where the living room, kitchen and dining space merge, the social spaces of the upper apartment fascinate with exquisite details, while the TV room, office space, three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms compose a collection of relaxing private rooms. Finished with a sparkling powered glass wall, glass terrace and a large skylight in the backside, the Isaly Residence emerged from the hand of the constructors as an inspiring residential redesign.