How do you take a one-bedroom loft apartment and gain two more bedrooms? You expand it upward and use a mezzanine level — and that’s how architect Guillaume Gentet redid this apartment’s interior for a young professional couple and their children in Greenwich Village, New York. Their address, 65 West 13th Street (The Greenwich), was constructed in 1905 as a former Macy’s department store and then converted to luxury condos in 2001. It’s a prime location, one the couple wanted to keep, but they were expecting twins; with a toddler already, they knew their apartment, as it was, had no room for growth. Their priorities — besides more space — were to have more room for entertaining and to incorporate their art collection into the final design.
First of all, the floor plan was changed around: the old kitchen became office space (with a handy slide-down wall to camouflage it when necessary) and a laundry room that opens into the new third bathroom. The dining area was then split and turned into two more bedrooms for the kids — with an easy-to-remove partition to make the space flexible in the future. Once plumbing for the new kitchen was in order, new cabinetry was built in the living room, and the mezzanine housed storage space, a play room, and a guest alcove. Colors are neutral but bright: silvery gray in the master bedroom, spring green tiles in one bathroom and deep blue tiles in another. A fun chocolate-colored rug runs down a hallway lighted by translucent golden “pillars.” And, of course, the crowning touch finishes this Gentet design: a giant teddy bear at the top of the mezzanine stairs!