In New York's Tribeca district architects from New York-based firm Dean/Wolf New York have converted an old warehouse quite typical of the district into a modern residential complex. The architects describe the design process as a radical inversion of the existing structure. The once functional floorplan, originally designed for production and logistics purposes, was broken up and replaced with a combined Cor-Ten steel and glass construction that extends over three floors. A small courtyard garden that opens up to the sky forms the new heart of the building, providing a bright open space that in the industrial building's time was only to be found in urban parks.
The shelving systems on the ground and upper storey allude to industrial shelves that stretch from floor to ceiling, referencing the building's former use as a warehouse. Rust-colored steel and the matching surface shades of the interior furnishings set the scene along with the polished concrete floor and the frosted and clear glass of the built-in furniture.