An overall elegant design characterizes this unusual family crib in Manhattan, New York. Envisioned by wUNDERground architecture, the project consisted of a modern renovation derived from the need of more living space: “With the arrival of new member, this family of five had outgrown their 2-bedroom loft in a prominent Chelsea building and chose to expand by purchasing the identical apartment above. To rework the 3600sf space, the existing units were completely gut-renovated”. Despite the focus on function, no aesthetic compromises were made.

The architects explain that the lower floor was transformed into a family realm including a large eat-in kitchen, a substantial playroom and an adult living/dining area. A new wood and steel staircase opens into the upper living quarters, featuring a study, laundry room, three children’s bedrooms and a south-facing master suite: “As an owner priority, we incorporated extensive health-conscious systems and materials and dedicated a substantial effort to improving the thermal and acoustical performance of the exterior walls”. Color is an important element of the interior design scheme, adding a cheerful touch throughout.