This project consisted of the complete remodeling of an existing apartment in one of Washington’s premiere residential cooperatives. The goal of this project was to give the apartment a level of architectural order that was lacking in the original plan as well as to up-date service spaces such as the kitchen and bathrooms.
All the rooms of the original apartment were connected by a center hall which, though quite large, had no clear formal relationship with the adjacent spaces. Moreover, none of the other rooms, themselves quite large had any sense of connection to the rest of the apartment. The result was a series of individually large rooms that nevertheless felt disconnected and cramped.
The solution was to reduce the size of the hall itself by the insertion of a pair of semi-circular niches near the entry vestibule, while opening it to the living and dining rooms. A coffered ceiling and richer trim detailing further enhance the sense of the hall as the principal space of the apartment. At the same time, all the other adjacent spaces were articulated with similar detailing to create a greater sense of continuity among all the public spaces.
Carol Ridker Interiors