andrew franz

adaptive reuse, Historic Homes, Tribeca

Tribeca Loft, Location: New York NY, Architect: Andrew Franz Architect

Architect Andrew Franz is known for his nature-inspired designs, and he has successfully infused his signature aesthetic into the tranquil interior of this Tribeca home. Franz transformed a 19th century Manhattan soap factory into what is now a gorgeous example of adaptive reuse. The designer’s goal for this project was to create the feeling of being outdoors when inside the walls of the Romanesque Revival building, while also maintaining as much of the original structure as possible. By combining modern clean lines and open spaces with rustic wooden columns and raw brick walls, Franz creates a visual narrative celebrating the preservation of something old in the creation of something new and beautiful.

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Architecture, Upstate

Andrew Franz Palisades Exterior

Andrew Franz‘s philosophy is that “design should inspire, incite compliment and celebrate our lives. It should serve our legacies and our relationship with the environment.” That philosophy is reflected in the renovation of this mid-century modern house, located upstate in Palisades, NY. The remodeling of the home involved updating the wood floors, the exterior walls and the kitchen, and Andrew’s hand gave way to a design that’s modern, warm, and in touch with the picturesque forest surrounding it. In other words, the clients got the perfect vacation hideaway they were wishing for.

Inside the home here

Weekly Highlights

Weekly Highlights: Top Picks from the 6sqft Staff

By Dana Schulz, Sat, October 11, 2014

JCC Manhattan Sukkah 2014, Sukkot Architecture, sukkah architecture, jewish architecture, where to celebrate sukkot nyc, sukkah design
  • We talk to architect Andrew Franz about his ability to blend the old with the new through thoughtful material choices and a unique use of light and space–a modernist not a minimalist.
  • New 39-story Tribeca condo tower could be an architectural stunner.
  • Sukkot Architecture: New York City’s sukkahs come in all shapes, sizes, and locations.
  • The first part of our renovation diary series introduces readers to a historic, fixer-upper Clinton Hill townhouse and the owners’ renovation plans.
  • Fashion designer Elie Tahari buys two units at 15 Central Park West for $25 million.
  • Walk through a vibrating, futuristic-looking pink amoeba installation at the Storefront for Architecture.

Images: The JCC in Manhattan‘s eco-friendly sukkah (L); Situation NY © Miguel de Guzman (R)

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Architecture, Features, Interiors, Interviews, People

architect andrew franz

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.

Read our interview with Andrew here

Architecture, Green Design, West Village 

Hudson Street Townhouse designed by Andrew Franz Architect

In recent years, the West Village has become one of the hippest areas in New York City, thanks to a slew of celebrity residents and its reputation as the epicenter of the cupcake boom.

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.

There’s a gorgeous rooftop garden you just have to see…