Facade/Fasad

New York, New York
Architect
  • Art_Bridge Architecture
Interior Design
  • Michael Lillard
Builder
  • NewHomeNY
Photographer
  • Steven B Boling
Location
  • New York, New York
  • The design for Façade/Fasad, an artist's home used as live/work/show art-space, entwines the client's divergent spatial needs and aesthetic goals so that form = function. The idea of "home as circus," a place where the interior design components (like "trained acrobats") mechanically facilitate ("perform") and elevate the art-life needs of the artist/client, was one theme used throughout the design process. The space serves as: home, office, art studio, and rehearsal space, plus on occasion as art gallery and performance/installation venue. The main multi-mode room with multi-mode furniture and folding entry wall is convertible for both private and public functions. The entry wall folds up to accommodate load ins/outs, then folds back down to maintain privacy and reestablish entry sequence. The folding entry wall also serves as an interior "facade," becoming a sculptural centerpiece that in many ways embodies the design of the entire space. The built-in and mobile benches serve for seating and storage, plus conceal perimeter outlets and heating elements. The multi-mode tables serve as desks, coffee tables, dining tables, and can be placed on angles for use as drawing tables or art display. The small rear multi-mode bedroom is convertible for eating/serving/sleeping and any number of backstage uses, dressing room, green room, and/or instrument/prop storage. The bathroom is set to one side of the main multi-mode room with the kitchen through the arch, opposite the bedroom, having a door to the backyard.

    Interlocking bracket-like forms frame/embrace various spaces without impeding use. The folding entry wall, connected to the overhead soffit and stage-backdrop wall, serves as "high-wire trapeze," or vertical bracket/spatial-embracing component. The surrounding stationary benches serve as "circus ring," or horizontal bracket/spatial-embracing component. Slipped/interlocked/segmented delineations of space, benches, and soffit, mark the public-to-private sequence of space, front-to-back. Rhythmic rows of overhead lights and gray-scale color bands enliven the soffit and general atmosphere - the soffit-assembly spanning the space like a "tent structure" or "trapeze," always visible overhead no matter how many people attending an event. Both the vertical and horizontal bracket components, frame/embrace the various multi-mode spaces, interlocking like the arms of an embracing couple, representing the client's own desire to freely embrace a new private/public home life.

    All the changeable components and furnishings were made for quick and easy conversion from home to public use/mode and back again, with all private possessions able to be concealed. The overall design emerged slowly as the multi-mode interior components were developed, the aesthetic slowly brought into harmony with, and eventually trumpeting the divergent functionalities, thus: form = function. Ultimately the back-and-forth form/function design process led to a relatively practical way for the client to open his home to the public without unnecessary disruptions.

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    Diagram of overall project showing slipped/interlocking  bracket components: "circus ring" benches and "trapeze" folding entry wall connected to soffit with rear back-drop wall Photo  of Facade/Fasad modern home

    Diagram of overall project showing slipped/interlocking bracket components: "circus ring" benches and "trapeze" folding entry wall connected to soffit with rear back-drop wall

    Modern home with Living Room, Coffee Tables, Ceiling Lighting, Plywood Floor, Wall Lighting, Bench, Carpet Floor, Table, Stools, Storage, and Desk. Main multi-mode room looking toward front entry with folding entry wall and custom multi-mode table Photo 2 of Facade/Fasad

    Main multi-mode room looking toward front entry with folding entry wall and custom multi-mode table

    Modern home with Living Room, Storage, Ceiling Lighting, Bench, Carpet Floor, Wall Lighting, and Plywood Floor. Folding entry wall (down) Photo 3 of Facade/Fasad

    Folding entry wall (down)

    Modern home with Living Room, Bench, Wall Lighting, Storage, Ceiling Lighting, Plywood Floor, and Carpet Floor. Folding entry wall (up) Photo 4 of Facade/Fasad

    Folding entry wall (up)

    Modern home with Office, Study, Chair, Storage, Lamps, Plywood Floor, Carpet Floor, and Desk. Custom multi-mode table being used as desk Photo 5 of Facade/Fasad

    Custom multi-mode table being used as desk

    Modern home with Office, Desk, Study, Lamps, Chair, Carpet Floor, and Plywood Floor. Custom multi-mode table (close-up) Photo 6 of Facade/Fasad

    Custom multi-mode table (close-up)

    Modern home with Living Room and Ceiling Lighting. Folding entry wall pulley system Photo 7 of Facade/Fasad

    Folding entry wall pulley system

    Modern home with Living Room, Bench, Wall Lighting, Storage, Ceiling Lighting, Plywood Floor, and Carpet Floor. Folding entry wall pulley system Photo 8 of Facade/Fasad

    Folding entry wall pulley system

    Modern home with Living Room, Ceiling Lighting, and Wall Lighting. Entry wall connected to soffit over front end of main multi-mode room Photo 9 of Facade/Fasad

    Entry wall connected to soffit over front end of main multi-mode room

    Modern home with Living Room and Ceiling Lighting. Soffit over rear end of main multi-mode room Photo 10 of Facade/Fasad

    Soffit over rear end of main multi-mode room

    Modern home with Living Room, Ceiling Lighting, and Wall Lighting. Soffit over rear end of main multi-mode room with kitchen beyond Photo 11 of Facade/Fasad

    Soffit over rear end of main multi-mode room with kitchen beyond

    Modern home with Living Room, Bench, Storage, Chair, Ceiling Lighting, Plywood Floor, and Wall Lighting. Rear end of main multi-mode room with door to bathroom and arch to kitchen beyond Photo 12 of Facade/Fasad

    Rear end of main multi-mode room with door to bathroom and arch to kitchen beyond

    Modern home with Living Room, Bench, Lamps, Ceiling Lighting, Storage, Wall Lighting, and Plywood Floor. Rear end of main multi-mode room set for performance with custom mobile storage benches Photo 13 of Facade/Fasad

    Rear end of main multi-mode room set for performance with custom mobile storage benches

    Modern home with Living Room, Bench, Sofa, Storage, Ceiling Lighting, Coffee Tables, Wall Lighting, and Plywood Floor. Rear end of main multi-mode room set for living with custom multi-mode table Photo 14 of Facade/Fasad

    Rear end of main multi-mode room set for living with custom multi-mode table

    Modern home with Living Room, Plywood Floor, and Coffee Tables. Custom multi-mode table (close-up of adjustable support) Photo 15 of Facade/Fasad

    Custom multi-mode table (close-up of adjustable support)

    Modern home with Living Room, Wall Lighting, and Ceiling Lighting. Soffit looking toward entry from rear of main multi-mode room Photo 16 of Facade/Fasad

    Soffit looking toward entry from rear of main multi-mode room

    Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Sofa, Bench, Storage, Coffee Tables, Lamps, Ceiling Lighting, Desk, Carpet Floor, Plywood Floor, and Wall Lighting. Main multi-mode room looking toward entry set for living/home office Photo 17 of Facade/Fasad

    Main multi-mode room looking toward entry set for living/home office

    Modern home with Dining Room, Bench, Table, Storage, Chair, Lamps, Wall Lighting, Ceiling Lighting, Carpet Floor, and Plywood Floor. Main multi-mode room looking toward entry set for large dinner party with custom tables and benches Photo 18 of Facade/Fasad

    Main multi-mode room looking toward entry set for large dinner party with custom tables and benches

    Modern home with Dining Room, Storage, Plywood Floor, Table, and Bench. Multi-mode rear room set for dining Photo 19 of Facade/Fasad

    Multi-mode rear room set for dining

    Modern home with Dining Room, Storage, Bench, Plywood Floor, and Table. Multi-mode rear room set for serving Photo 20 of Facade/Fasad

    Multi-mode rear room set for serving

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