It would be real hard to imagine that someone living in the heart of a city as modern as New York can actually live in a green sanctuary that exudes both environmental values and eco-friendly design. But thatâ€™s exactly the pleasant surprise that youâ€™ll find when you step into Dominique Camacho (owner of Sustainable NYC) and Gary Hirschkronâ€™s home.
Located in a landmarked synagogue is this grand triplex apartment with unique spatial qualities. The building was converted into five residences in the 1980s. After purchasing the home, the lucky couple turned it into a modernistâ€™s version of the green haven that it once was.
The new layout takes advantage of the impressive double-height space and the private penthouse terrace. A custom-designed stair provides fluidity and continuity of function and spatial quality.
Renovated and redesigned using some cool design elements and materials that have low impact on the planet, the new home sports a downstairs lounge, second-floor library and a third-floor bedroom.
The main bathroom was relocated to the third floor bedroom level, allowing the mezzanine to become a spacious library/ lounge. The exterior facade to the terrace was exchanged to a custom glass sliding system allowing space to flow smoothly from interior to exterior.
Serving as the exterior extension to the bedroom, the penthouse terrace was conceived as a weaving of horizontal surfaces while also keeping to the soft transition curves as mirrored in the bathroom fritted glass wall.
The level of transparency in the construction and the extensive use of glass to bring in the modern minimalist feel have meant that there is plenty of natural ventilation which does away with lighting needs for most parts of the day.