A hat factory turned live–work space for an artist in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood challenges notions of domesticity in its flipping of the quintessential New York City artist’s loft. “Live–work” isn’t an accurate descriptor; this project is more like a live–perform community gallery where the director just so happens to reside.
Designed by Ignacio G. Galán, Jesse McCormick, and Future Projects (Khoi Nguyen and Julie Tran), the apartment-meets-performance space occupies a 2,000-square-foot residence in one of the last remaining 19th-century castiron lofts in Brooklyn. The layout of the space is relatively straightforward, if highly calibrated. The residential rooms are all banked toward the loft’s entrance, leaving half the floor area open against a triptych of large, filleted windows, which allows it to transform from living room to gallery.
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