To bring light into this Chelsea apartment, architect Andrew Franz pulled out all the tricks. To open and brighten up every corner of the 800-square-foot pad, the firm removed walls, added full-height glass partitions and high-gloss lacquered ceilings. While some of the apartment’s historic details were restored, the final product feels super modern and spacious—with each room, of course, awash in sunlight.
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The East Village is one of NYC’s most sought-after neighborhoods, and this beautiful townhouse located in its landmark district speaks to the area’s down-to-earth yet sophisticated and modern appeal. The four-level home recently underwent a massive renovation led by the design team from Andrew Franz Architect. Andrew Franz is known for their seamless integration of outdoor and structural elements, and with many of their projects it’s hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. With their signature style running rampant throughout the space, this stately home is no exception.
Architect Andrew Franz first caught our eye when we spotted his incredible renovation of a West Village townhouse just months ago. Since then, we’ve often found ourselves ogling his site for design inspiration, further falling in love with his ability to blend the old with the new through thoughtful material choices and a unique use of light and space. It goes without saying Andrew is a standout amongst the city’s seemingly inexhaustible supply of homogeneous architects.
We recently caught up with Andrew to find out about some of his latest projects, how collaboration plays into his process, and how he approaches the design of homes and buildings in a dynamic and storied environment such as New York City. Keep reading to find out what he had to share with us.
To design this cheerful penthouse home, architect Andrew Franz had to take a trip back in American history. Though his client — a filmmaker — was French, she wanted space to ooze retro, post-World War II charm.
But at its heart, the neighborhood is still one of the most picturesque and charming in town, dotted with historic townhouses that have been around for decades. Tasked with restoring one of those iconic brick buildings, architect Andrew Franz sought to maintain its original character, while giving the owners a home that’s both spacious and functional.