At the top of a 19th-century townhouse, Long Island City–based SLO Architecture has reimagined a private residence for a family of contemporary art collectors. Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the SW Residence townhouse is a traditional structure reimagined to meet modern needs and sensibilities. The design challenge was to create an architecture that balances the collectors’ bold contemporary paintings by Pakistani artists, while also physically allocating more space for the collection to grow.
The first floor of the residence, located on the fourth floor of the building, is envisioned as a gallery space. White gallery walls were chosen to act as a subtle backdrop in comparison to the colorful paintings they showcase, and 11-foot ceilings give an airy, lofted feel to the entire space. In addition, SLO added beautiful wooden chevron-styled flooring that pays homage to the vintage age of the home as well as antique craftsmanship, adding a touch of warmth to the modern finishes. Newly installed crown moldings support this nod to the past as well, a traditional aesthetic choice, but with a twist: SLO worked with Peter Laszcko to fabricate the custom moldings out of plaster using 3D printing technology. These small details allow craftsmanship, both new and old, to pop in this main gathering space.
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