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Art Collector's Loft, New York

Art Collector's Loft, New York

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    The luminous ceiling winding through the large central gallery space, whose ceilings are less than 9-feet-tall, gives the illusion of height.
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    Two overlapping but independently controlled layers of warm and cool dimmable LEDS, located above the translucent ceiling, allow the ceiling illumination to vary in color and intensity from day to night.
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    Jack connectors for low-voltage halogen accent lights are located every 30-inches along curving metal lines that traverse both the slid and luminous ceilings.
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    Like the ceiling, the central gallery is flanked by sweeping walls curving both laterally in plan and vertically to meet the ceiling. Low-voltage halogen wall washers hidden within a reveal at the ceiling curve wrapping with the walls, provide a soft even light for the large format art.
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    One of the long wrapping walls doubles as a divider between the gallery and private living space.
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    Behind the floating wall the owner’s book collection is displayed. Light drifts down the front of the book spines from acrylic panels edge-lit by warm-white LEDs built into the underside of the curving bookshelves.
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    An additional lensed pocket rakes light up the back of each shelf for added depth.
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    At the back end of the library the serpentine walls snake around into a smaller more intimate gallery space where the LED shelf lighting provides light for smaller artworks.
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    The theme of living with art continues into the master bedroom where more ceiling pockets conceal shielded low-voltage halogen accent lights.
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    A recessed sliver of low-voltage halogen light provides tasklighting at the office, allowing little interruption from the amazing views.
 

Curvilinear forms and a luminous ceiling plane define this loft that is home to an art collector and his extensive collection of art and rare books. The client's request to conceal the light fixtures, coupled with a ceiling height of just under 9 feet, created a distinct challenge for the design team. The team's solution creates a vocabulary of design elements in which the line between residence, gallery, and library is artfully blended into a unified whole.

A sense of height is created by combining layers of warm and cool light. In the main gallery space, dimmable LEDs are located above the translucent portion of the ceiling, a membrane that runs the length of the space. As day turns to night, the light varies in intensity and color. Curving metal lines of track cross the ceiling and are outfitted with jack connectors every 30 inches, positioned for low-voltage halogen accent lights to delicately illuminate sculptures. Low-voltage halogen wallwashers are concealed in the reveal at the ceiling curve, providing soft, even light for large artworks.

A curvilinear wall separates the gallery from the private living areas. Hanging from the ceiling, the wall gradually lifts off the floor at one end, and fluorescent strips on the underside aid in its “floating” appearance. The back side of the wall is a series of shelves, edge-lit on the front with warm-white LEDs. A lensed LED pocket rakes light on the back edge of each shelf for added depth.

Jury Comments: Elegant. • Successfully details all the elements. • A perfectly executed composition. • It's more impressive each time you look at it.