Gorgeous Tribeca Manufacturing Building Turned Loft

Working from the bones of a landmark 19th Century soap warehouse, architect  Andrew Franz exposed the 16-foot beamed ceilings and brick walls of this Tribeca loft to create a true blank canvas.

“There were no partitions, no walls—it was an open box,” said Franz. “But we felt it was important to maintain transparency and the feeling of the entire space.”

To that end, Franz transformed the central living area into something that almost feels like an outdoor courtyard. The centerpiece is a 150-square-foot skylight that opens onto a rooftop terrace, which you can see at the top of this page.

“Connectivity to the indoor and outdoor space was paramount,” explained Franz.

So the stairs to the roof pass through a leafy mezzanine below the skylight. What’s more, the skylight is retractable, allowing the open air to filter into the entire space whenever the weather allows.

The end result is a rooftop terrace that feels as if it begins inside the living area. Creating this indoor/outdoor courtyard also introduced a small nook to the floor plan, just large enough for a guest room and bathroom overlooking the entire home. It’s a private retreat that Franz said has become everyone’s favorite space.

Another unexpected choice: To each of the two main bedrooms, Franz added glazed windows facing the center of the house, allowing the home’s open design to extend into the private areas. It encourages the residents and their guests to experience the entire home, and to appreciate it from a variety of perspectives and angles.

Finishing the space with Mid-Century furnishings, lush fabrics, and discreet built-in cabinetry, Franz clearly had lofty ambitions for the Tribeca Manufacturing Building—all ravishingly realized.


REAL APTS: Meet painter and fashion illustrator Katie Rodgers (paperfashion.net)

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Katie has been commissioned by the likes of Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Valentino, Swarovski, Clé de Peau, Kate Spade, Coach, Alicia Keys, Calypso St. Barths, Stuart Weitzman, Parker Pens, Lacoste, Elle, and Glamour Magazine among others. She lives in NYC and her place is unsurprisingly wonderful.

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