Can a 1,100-square-foot apartment hold thousands of books? If you ask New York–based firm Büro Koray Duman, the answer is yes. When a Brooklyn couple approached the award-winning studio to renovate their small Williamsburg loft into a space that would elegantly showcase their extensive book collection, the architects embraced the challenge.
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In order to showcase the 2,500 books without cluttering the residence, the team has designed a custom library which wraps the perimeter of the open-plan apartment via staggered shelves.
Set at a 45-degree angle, the shelves allow the collection to be viewed from one direction, while hiding it via a three-dimensional wall in the other.
"The diagonal created by the shelves provides a motif, which is extended throughout the space with custom tile work and wood flooring," explains the firm. As a result, the collection is cleverly incorporated into the home—now known as Publisher's Loft—without being an overwhelming omnipresent element in the space.
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Builder: Glucaj Home Improvement
MEP Engineer: E4P Consulting
Lighting Design: Dot Dash
Cabinetry Design: Derek Dickinson, LLC.
Kitchen: Henry Built