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Big City, Little Loft

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New York City is the nation’s capital of cramped quarters. But for a select lucky few, scant square footage adds up to a cozy home to call one’s own.

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  “Wonbo had to be able to stand in the sleeping area,” architect Kyu Sung Woo says of his son. “By combining two dimensions—the height of the bed and that of the closet (the top of which forms the bedroom floor)—we made that possible.”  Photo by: Adam Friedberg
    “Wonbo had to be able to stand in the sleeping area,” architect Kyu Sung Woo says of his son. “By combining two dimensions—the height of the bed and that of the closet (the top of which forms the bedroom floor)—we made that possible.”

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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  The volume that both incorporates the single closet (accessible from the hallway) and the refrigerator (which opens into the kitchen) and serves as the bedroom floor is, says Kyu Sung Woo, “where everything comes together.”  Photo by: Adam Friedberg
    The volume that both incorporates the single closet (accessible from the hallway) and the refrigerator (which opens into the kitchen) and serves as the bedroom floor is, says Kyu Sung Woo, “where everything comes together.”

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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  The combination dining table/countertop, says Woo, “is both a demarcation and connection between the kitchen and main living space.” Originally, the architect considered a concrete surface, but balked at the delivery time and expense. “I kind of like it as it is built,” he says. “All the horizontal surfaces are wood.” The Conical pendant lamp is by Jorgen Gammelgaard and the Compasso d’Oro bar stools are by Enrico Franzolini.  Photo by: Adam Friedberg
    The combination dining table/countertop, says Woo, “is both a demarcation and connection between the kitchen and main living space.” Originally, the architect considered a concrete surface, but balked at the delivery time and expense. “I kind of like it as it is built,” he says. “All the horizontal surfaces are wood.” The Conical pendant lamp is by Jorgen Gammelgaard and the Compasso d’Oro bar stools are by Enrico Franzolini.

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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  A reflective light shelf sits atop the lower window units. “When light hits the shelf, it reflects back on the ceiling,” Woo explains. “This is a very deep space, so we tried to bring the light as far back as possible.” The Neo sectional chaise by Niels Bendsten provides comfortable seating for Wonbo and his friend Alyssa Litoff. The Cubits shelves are by Doron Lachish.  Photo by: Adam Friedberg
    A reflective light shelf sits atop the lower window units. “When light hits the shelf, it reflects back on the ceiling,” Woo explains. “This is a very deep space, so we tried to bring the light as far back as possible.” The Neo sectional chaise by Niels Bendsten provides comfortable seating for Wonbo and his friend Alyssa Litoff. The Cubits shelves are by Doron Lachish.

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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  “The dimensions are so tight, the height especially," says the architect. "By densifying the core—the bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom—the rest became much more spacious than it used to be.”  Photo by: Adam Friedberg
    “The dimensions are so tight, the height especially," says the architect. "By densifying the core—the bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom—the rest became much more spacious than it used to be.”

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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  “The sense of fragility is kind of nice,” says Woo of the glass pane that forms the bedroom wall. “I was seriously considering translucent glazing. That would still have let the light come through, and might have created a more cozy space and given privacy. But I think this is fine.”  Photo by: Adam Friedberg
    “The sense of fragility is kind of nice,” says Woo of the glass pane that forms the bedroom wall. “I was seriously considering translucent glazing. That would still have let the light come through, and might have created a more cozy space and given privacy. But I think this is fine.”

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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  “The stair [by Lapeyre Stair] is very cost-effective, as compared to building woodwork,” Woo explains. “It occupies very little space, and you can come down without holding the rail.” Of the small gap that reveals the kitchen, he says, “That’s very important, to give a sense of continuous space.”  Photo by: Adam FriedbergCourtesy of: Adam Friedberg
    “The stair [by Lapeyre Stair] is very cost-effective, as compared to building woodwork,” Woo explains. “It occupies very little space, and you can come down without holding the rail.” Of the small gap that reveals the kitchen, he says, “That’s very important, to give a sense of continuous space.”

    Photo by: Adam Friedberg

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