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A Loft on Union Square


Firm Resolution: 4 Architecture
Client Ellis Wood and Peter Nakada
Completed February 2011
Specialty High-end residential, developing sustainable methods, and research into prefabrication
Upcoming A 5,000-square-foot ground-up townhouse in Brooklyn and prefabs in Bethesda, Maryland, and the Catskills

An apartment with an almost inexhaustible supply of storage space might seem like some kind of impossible New York dream. But that’s precisely what Resolution: 4 Architecture bestowed upon Peter Nakada, his wife, Ellis Wood, and their three children who live on the edge of Union Square. Just inside the front door, the architects—Joseph Tanney and Robert Luntz—built custom bird’s-eye-maple closets for both parents, their children, and the babysitter. A second bank of cabinetry runs the length of the open-concept kitchen, dining, and living space. Everything is in its place: A washer and dryer, cleaning supplies, film projectors, desks, and surplus seating are all out of sight. There’s even a charging closet to power up digital devices behind closed doors. “It’s a utopian notion of architecture on a domestic scale,” says Tanney, who designed the home with Luntz. Their clients certainly agree.

“It radically reduces stress,” says Nakada, a risk-management executive. “I used to think that order was the enemy of fun. Now, I realize it’s the enabler of fun.”

With all of the family’s toys, books, jackets, and files hidden, the 2,500-square-foot space can “breathe and feel big,” says Tanney. Instead of wading through clutter, the family can enjoy the home’s perks—a twelve-and-a-half-foot-long kitchen island, a wine center with by-the-glass dispensers, a solarium crafted within an industrial-size skylight, and a 1,500-square-foot rooftop terrace.

To warm up the modern aesthetic, Nakada and Wood, a dancer and choreographer, also requested a little wabi-sabi—“old and new at the same time,” explains Nakada. Touches like hand-scraped walnut floors and glazed tile made from slices of chipped brick in the bathrooms add texture and flawed beauty. The result, says Wood, is a home that’s nothing less than “life-changing.”


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