Purchasing a condominium in the iconic Manhattan House is an investment for life; the type of real estate that is passed from one generation to the next. This project considers one such scenario:
The original owners – the grandparents – have retired to Florida. The parents raised the children elsewhere in the city, and are content to merely visit the apartment occasionally. The third generation has come of age to inherit what is by right, theirs.
This constant but fluctuating occupation by three generations requires an architecture that reacts to the changing flows of dwelling. What is on one day a guest room may the next need to act as studio. What is a yoga platform in the morning might be a a dinner party in the evening.
The fundamentals of the typical apartment must adjust to new forms of living.
The primary programs are packaged in operable enclosures, leaving the void space for non-specified habitation.
Trends are cyclical. What was in style during the grandparent‘s era fell out of fashion with the parents, and has made a comeback with the children.
The material palette is a manifestation of these revolving stylistic trends.