The Fractal Group

Gramercy Park Townhouse

     With its grand bones and patrician façade, this 1848 Gramercy Park townhouse presented exciting challenges for the new generation of the Isaly family. Previous conversions had left one large triplex crowned by three loft-like residences. Their dream was simple but ambitious: the reconfiguration of the building into two dwellings, one atop the other, of equal value and scale. At the same time, the structure’s deteriorated condition meant investing in a whole new steel frame as well as replacement electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems.

     Ulises Liceaga, redeveloping the upper half of the building only, kicked off the project by adding a whole new top floor. Measuring 620 square feet, the additional storey thus solved the issue of an equal division of space between the two dwellings. Thereafter, the design plans called for an open-plan, floor-through Kitchen, dining, living space, a TV room, office, three bedrooms and three and half bathrooms.
     The family imagined a showcase home that honoured its soul while unashamedly bringing it into the new century. In their quest for daring, they turned for help also to ODA (Architect of Record), Ingo Maurer (lighting design) and Emilio Garcia (sculptor). Everyone on the team harnessed their talents to the single vision of forging spectacular, multi-function spaces in a family home bathed from top to bottom in the sparkle of the sun in the summer and the softer rays of the New York winter.

 

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 Built in 1851, this townhouse needed to be entirely renovated. The program demanded to split the building into two apartments  of equal value. The previous condition hosted a large triplex apartment with 3 separate loft spaces at the top floor. The deteriorated condition demended installing new steel structure, electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems. 

Built in 1851, this townhouse needed to be entirely renovated. The program demanded to split the building into two apartments  of equal value. The previous condition hosted a large triplex apartment with 3 separate loft spaces at the top floor. The deteriorated condition demended installing new steel structure, electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems. 

 The rear facade was updated with a large skylight, glass terrace, and powered glass wall. The entire roof surface was converted to a usable space, creating three new terraces and a roof deck.

The rear facade was updated with a large skylight, glass terrace, and powered glass wall. The entire roof surface was converted to a usable space, creating three new terraces and a roof deck.

 The design team was formed by Ulimar LLP (design, ODA (A or O), Ingo Maurer (lighting designer) and Emilio Garcia (sculptor). Together the team’s goal was to create a generous multi-function space to maximize spatial experience and bathe the entire house with natural light during the sunny seasons and provide abundant white light in the winter.

The design team was formed by Ulimar LLP (design, ODA (A or O), Ingo Maurer (lighting designer) and Emilio Garcia (sculptor). Together the team’s goal was to create a generous multi-function space to maximize spatial experience and bathe the entire house with natural light during the sunny seasons and provide abundant white light in the winter.

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