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Apartment With 70s Touches

The General Assembly of the New York studio converted a 1970s apartment on the city’s Upper East Side into a space with sunlight and a home office. Key features of the space include access to plenty of natural light from existing corner windows and expansive views of the Queensboro Bridge and the city’s East River.

The General Assembly renovation transformed a one-bedroom unit into a two-room home with an updated kitchen and living room. The studio reduced the size of the master bedroom and lounge to make room for a second bedroom that doubles as an office for the two homeowners who often work from home.

When reconfiguring the space, the General Assembly wanted to use existing elements of the property, which is located in a concrete high-rise building on 59th Street from the 1970s. This complete renovation of a skyscraper in the Upper East Side strikes a balance between the feeling of being in the air and the weight of the building.

Sliding glass doors have been added to the living room to close and open the space and to connect the view. Solid panes of glass are used elsewhere as partitions to optimize the natural light of the home. The new materials range from light wood to gray, black and white finishes on cabinets for a mixed yet cohesive aesthetic. The floors are made of oak and almost all of the furniture is made of wood, further connecting the different areas of the house. The unit’s two existing bathrooms have new gold-tone travertine sinks and black fittings. One of them also has brownish-red tiles that disguise a shower.

A clear material palette of white oak, travertine and minimal details contrasts the rough concrete structure that extends from the outside into the interior of the house. Check out the inspiring pictures of this house below!

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