Photo Credit: Joseph Montesano
Francisco was asked to design a gut renovation of an existing 1,200 sqft. 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment in Manhattan on a fairly modest budget. In order to provide the level of luxury the client requested, Mr. Cruz developed a strategy of focusing on key “transition” spaces throughout the apartment. These spaces included the entrance, living room/kitchen/dining room sequence, and the master bedroom/bathroom. The client, who spent his childhood in a beach town on the jersey shore, purchased the apartment with his wife to prepare for a transition into a family setting. The concept that evolved for the project was spaces of transition, where the architectural details concentrated on the space between rooms as a way to signify & blur the boundaries between them. The use of reclaimed wood to do this gives a sense of warmth and texture in the modern apartment as well as a subtle reference to the boardwalk of his home town.