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Limestone satisfies personal and business demands
In redesigning the penthouse of a Manhattan building, a palette of various limestone materials was chosen to create a space that would serve as both a private residence and an area for corporate entertaining
For a recent renovation that involved converting a commercial space into a corporate apartment and office, natural stone was mixed with wood, aluminum and glass to create a contemporary style. The light color of the stone assisted in achieving the design intention, which was to conjure an open airy feel.
The loft - located on the penthouse level - functions as a private residence as well as a space for corporate entertaining. The various functions of everyday life are all accommodated in individual - but also interconnected - areas, which flow from one to another, according to the architect. â€œThe spatial clues which help to define and contain the various functions are subtle elements such as ceiling planes, floor surfaces and the elevated platform which holds the living/sleeping areas,â€ he said.
A uniform materialThroughout the main area of the space, 16- x 16-inch tiles of Bulgarian limestone - supplied by Paris Ceramics of New York - were employed. Complementing the stone is a bedroom platform made from â€œrift cutâ€ white oak planks. A hidden light strip separates the elevated sleeping area from the stone flooring.
â€œLimestone is not something that we typically use in high-traffic areas, but this is essentially a corporate apartment that doesn't get heavy use,â€ said Rabinovitch. â€œThe limestone is very light and uniform in color. We were looking for a very uniform material, so this fit the bill.â€
According to the architect, the kitchen is unique - featuring an interesting combination of materials and appliances. â€œThe cabinetry is all custom fabricated out of natural finish anodized aluminum, and the counters are fabricated from sandblasted Verde Silver granite,â€ he said. â€œThe backsplash surface is faced with etched green glass mirror, which complements the muted glow of the aluminum cabinetry surfaces. All appliances are concealed beneath matching aluminum cover panels.â€ The countertops were supplied by Haifa Stone of Long Island City, NY.
Adding textureThe use of stone continues into the bathroom, where 1- x 1-inch mosaic pieces of Jerusalem Stone, which were supplied by Paris Ceramics, form the floor. Additionally, a colorful mosaic border punctuates the warm limestone tile walls. Both materials were purchased from Studium V of New York.
â€œEssentially, it is a break from the minimal feel of the rest of the loft,â€ said Rabinovitch. â€œWe were looking for a little more texture and smaller scale pieces. The background tone is similar to limestone, and pulls everything together - the stainless steel and high-tech glass sink.â€
A small powder room also features Jerusalem Stone walls and flooring, complemented by a mosaic stone border, which is topped off with a trim piece. The warm colors of the stone further contribute to the style of the home.
Corporate ResidenceNew York, NY
Architect: Charles M. Rabinovitch Architects, New York, NY
General Contractor: Moshe Hertzberg Interiors, New York, NY
Stone Suppliers: Haifa Stone, Long Island City, NY (granite); Paris Ceramics (Bulgarian limestone, French limestone and Jerusalem Stone mosaic); Studium V, New York, NY (bathroom wall tile and mosaic)
Contractor: Norwegian Wood, New York, NY (wood planking)