LO Residence Playroom/Bedroom

New York, New York
Architect
  • Art_Bridge Architecture
Interior Design
  • Michael Lillard
Builder
  • Steve B Boling
Photographer
  • Steven B Boling
Location
  • New York, New York
  • The LO Residence playroom/bedroom was conceived as a treehouse-like backyard fortress. The clients wanted a lively environment, one that would appeal to their two young sons now and as they grew older. Each aspect of the design was detailed to expose how everything was built, visually engaging the children in the construction process. All the architectural components were articulated with simple geometric forms, revealing functions, material layers, joints, and hardware. The clarity and expressiveness of traditional Japanese woodworking, such as Kaidan Dansu step chests, Tansu mobile storage cabinets, and Shoji Screen room dividers, informed the design process.

    The choice of construction grade lumber and hardware, instead of finish lumber/hardware, not only lent itself well to the aesthetic goals, but made it easier to more cost-effectively realize the functional goals. The natural color of the lumber also works seamlessly with the existing parquet wood flooring. The sliding room dividers are made of stacked storage compartments, the cabinet doors covered in various usable surfaces: dry erase, cork, and chalkboards. Two compartment doors fold down to become tables, one in the play area for games/arts/crafts and one under the sleeping loft for homework. The stairs too are made of stacked storage boxes, accessible from three sides. Everything was prefabricated in the shop, thus limiting client inconvenience, reducing site time and construction debris, plus further increasing savings.

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    Modern home with Kids Room, Playroom, Bedroom, Storage, Bed, Shelves, Medium Hardwood Floor, Bookcase, Pre-Teen Age, Boy Gender, and Neutral Gender. Diagram of overall project showing playroom and bedroom with moving storage room dividers and stair to sleeping loft with step-storage Photo  of LO Residence Playroom/Bedroom

    Diagram of overall project showing playroom and bedroom with moving storage room dividers and stair to sleeping loft with step-storage

    Modern home with Kids Room, Playroom, Bookcase, Chair, Bedroom, Shelves, Storage, Medium Hardwood Floor, Rug Floor, Pre-Teen Age, Boy Gender, and Neutral Gender. Playroom open to bedroom with storage units Photo 2 of LO Residence Playroom/Bedroom

    Playroom open to bedroom with storage units

    Modern home with Kids Room, Playroom, Chair, Bookcase, Shelves, Storage, Boy Gender, Pre-Teen Age, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Neutral Gender. Step-storage and moving divider panel as seen from playroom with storage and usable surfaces Photo 3 of LO Residence Playroom/Bedroom

    Step-storage and moving divider panel as seen from playroom with storage and usable surfaces

    Modern home with Storage Room, Cabinet Storage Type, Shelves Storage Type, and Under Stairs Storage Type. Close-up step-storage and moving divider panel with storage and usable surfaces Photo 4 of LO Residence Playroom/Bedroom

    Close-up step-storage and moving divider panel with storage and usable surfaces

    Modern home with Storage Room and Cabinet Storage Type. Close-up of materials used: plywood, acrylic, chalkboard, cork board, and felt Photo 5 of LO Residence Playroom/Bedroom

    Close-up of materials used: plywood, acrylic, chalkboard, cork board, and felt

    Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Storage, Shelves, Accent Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Bookcase. Stair to sleeping loft with step-storage and family cat Photo 6 of LO Residence Playroom/Bedroom

    Stair to sleeping loft with step-storage and family cat

    Modern home with Kids Room, Bedroom, Playroom, Storage, Shelves, Bookcase, Medium Hardwood Floor, Pre-Teen Age, Boy Gender, and Neutral Gender. Close-up stair to sleeping loft with storage compartments, including back-lit acrylic display box Photo 7 of LO Residence Playroom/Bedroom

    Close-up stair to sleeping loft with storage compartments, including back-lit acrylic display box

    Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Bookcase, Shelves, Recessed Lighting, Storage, Accent Lighting, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Bedroom with stair to sleeping loft with step-storage and bedroom moving divider panel (closed) Photo 8 of LO Residence Playroom/Bedroom

    Bedroom with stair to sleeping loft with step-storage and bedroom moving divider panel (closed)

    Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Storage, Shelves, Recessed Lighting, Bookcase, Accent Lighting, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Bedroom with stair to sleeping loft with step-storage and playroom beyond with moving storage unit Photo 9 of LO Residence Playroom/Bedroom

    Bedroom with stair to sleeping loft with step-storage and playroom beyond with moving storage unit

    Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Bunks, Storage, Recessed Lighting, Shelves, Accent Lighting, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Close-up stair to sleeping loft with step-storage Photo 10 of LO Residence Playroom/Bedroom

    Close-up stair to sleeping loft with step-storage

    Modern home with Bedroom, Storage, Shelves, Medium Hardwood Floor, Accent Lighting, and Recessed Lighting. Storage under sleeping loft with recessed lighting Photo 11 of LO Residence Playroom/Bedroom

    Storage under sleeping loft with recessed lighting

    Modern home with Kids Room, Bookcase, Playroom, Storage, Shelves, Medium Hardwood Floor, Pre-Teen Age, Boy Gender, and Neutral Gender. Moving storage unit in playroom with usable surfaces on doors and work table (up) Photo 12 of LO Residence Playroom/Bedroom

    Moving storage unit in playroom with usable surfaces on doors and work table (up)

    Modern home with Kids Room, Playroom, Medium Hardwood Floor, Storage, Shelves, Boy Gender, Neutral Gender, and Pre-Teen Age. Moving storage unit in playroom with work table (down) Photo 13 of LO Residence Playroom/Bedroom

    Moving storage unit in playroom with work table (down)

    Modern home with Kids Room, Playroom, Medium Hardwood Floor, Shelves, Storage, Pre-Teen Age, Neutral Gender, and Boy Gender. Closeup moving storage unit with work table (up) and usable surfaces on doors: dry erase, cork, and chalkboards Photo 14 of LO Residence Playroom/Bedroom

    Closeup moving storage unit with work table (up) and usable surfaces on doors: dry erase, cork, and chalkboards

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