Not to be Captain Obvious, but: Finding the perfect apartment in New York City isn't easy. You usually need to compromise on something (let's hope it's not one of those bathtub-in-the-kitchen situations). A common obstacle? Railroad-style apartments — meaning the rooms are usually all connected in a rectangular layout.
So for architects Daniel Rauchwerger and Noam Dvir of design firm BoND, their 520-square-foot West Chelsea home had beautiful bones, but also had that dreaded choo-choo layout that can be so difficult to work with. Their solution? Create one large open area. This turned out to be a great choice for the 11-foot-wide apartment, because the only windows were located at the front and back ends. "We wanted to utilize the terrific daylight coming from three large windows on either end of the apartment and to allow this light to reach the middle of the apartment, which was previously dark and stuffy," says Dvir.
Each room in the circa-1901 building needed an upgrade. "Our goal was to create a seamless space that will reflect our lifestyle: a generous space for hosting, a convenient kitchen (we cook almost every day), an upgraded bathroom with a large stand in-shower, and lots of storage space," says Dvir.