A Warm, Luxurious New York City Duplex With a Dramatic Catwalk

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By Luke Hopping / Published by Dwell
SPAN Architecture recasts this two-level space, previously a photography studio, as a loft-like residence that is rich in materials.

Arts and Crafts influences meet urban panache in this transformed photography studio by SPAN Architecture.

A Warm, Luxurious New York City Duplex With a Dramatic Catwalk - Photo 1 of 7 - SPAN balanced the owner's passion for Arts and Crafts architecture with an "unabashedly urban" sensibility, encapsulated by the exposed brick wall. Impressed with the results, the client tasked the firm with designing his Maine hideaway along similar aesthetic lines. The kitchen banquet is custom by SPAN.

SPAN balanced the owner's passion for Arts and Crafts architecture with an "unabashedly urban" sensibility, encapsulated by the exposed brick wall. Impressed with the results, the client tasked the firm with designing his Maine hideaway along similar aesthetic lines. The kitchen banquet is custom by SPAN.

A Warm, Luxurious New York City Duplex With a Dramatic Catwalk - Photo 2 of 7 - An onyx "hearth" and a French limestone banquet form the perimeter of the warm living room. The carpet is from Tai Ping.

An onyx "hearth" and a French limestone banquet form the perimeter of the warm living room. The carpet is from Tai Ping.

A Warm, Luxurious New York City Duplex With a Dramatic Catwalk - Photo 3 of 7 - An enormous Bocci chandelier was mounted in a custom arrangement that takes advantage of the  atrium's vertical openness.

An enormous Bocci chandelier was mounted in a custom arrangement that takes advantage of the atrium's vertical openness.

A Warm, Luxurious New York City Duplex With a Dramatic Catwalk - Photo 4 of 7 - Sliding doors partition a cozy screening room, where the resident can enjoy films and television in the comfort of custom designed furniture.

Sliding doors partition a cozy screening room, where the resident can enjoy films and television in the comfort of custom designed furniture.

A Warm, Luxurious New York City Duplex With a Dramatic Catwalk - Photo 5 of 7 - A blackened steel staircase, executed by general contractor Richard Kaleta, leads to the private quarters on the duplex's second floor. The walkway is composed of custom etched glass.

A blackened steel staircase, executed by general contractor Richard Kaleta, leads to the private quarters on the duplex's second floor. The walkway is composed of custom etched glass.

A Warm, Luxurious New York City Duplex With a Dramatic Catwalk - Photo 6 of 7 - Envisioned as "an apartment within an apartment," the master suite is secluded from the rest of the home, accessible via the steel-and-glass catwalk. The owner's sanctuary features a built-in bed and credenza by City.

Envisioned as "an apartment within an apartment," the master suite is secluded from the rest of the home, accessible via the steel-and-glass catwalk. The owner's sanctuary features a built-in bed and credenza by City.

A Warm, Luxurious New York City Duplex With a Dramatic Catwalk - Photo 7 of 7 - Wrapped in Anne Sacks tile, the master bathroom is outfitted with fixtures by Kohler.

Wrapped in Anne Sacks tile, the master bathroom is outfitted with fixtures by Kohler.