Surprising Duplex Loft: Water Street by Steven Harris Architects LLP

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This duplex loft conversion, of what was originally a warehouse, in the South Street Seaport Historic District, by Steven Harris, is a place full of surprises. Is that a shower with an actual person in it in the midst of a living room…or is it art? Do you get the feeling of wanting to fly when you look at a wall-sized sky photo of jet plume? Do those stairs really float on air? Every nook and cranny of this streamlined, minimalist design has a touch of whimsy, a quirk of interest, which could keep you guessing. Walls of storage are cleverly concealed behind wood grain doors; dramatic recessed lighting and a “cutout” fireplace in one sand-colored wall are familiar enough elements of other contemporary designs that you know the character of this place instantly.

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Colors are also familiar contemporary tones: sand, cream, white, black…with a red accent in seating and a delightful pale seafoam behind one couch. A corner fireplace warms an upstairs lounge/music room, with its shining baby grand and spectacular windowed views. A second-story terrace hovers over the dining and kitchen space, with glimpses of reds and oranges that pop against the white walls and deep wood grain and white counter. This is an open, relaxed space; it gives the feel of a blank canvas upon which the owner can mix and match décor, effects, ornaments, and accessories without altering the basic light-hearted spirit of the loft. Whether you’re upstairs or down, in this Water Street loft, the view’s always great.

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