RESOLUTION: 4 ARCHITECTURE was founded in 1990 by Joseph Tanney and Robert Luntz. A small practice based in New York City, RES4’s work began with a series of kitchen and bathroom interventions and evolved into apartment, loft, and large office renovations. Dedicated to addressing 21st century conditions through intelligent architecture and design, it is an internationally published and highly acclaimed firm, completing projects in the residential, commercial and public realms.
RES4 has developed many highly efficient, cost-effective, well detailed and idea driven spaces. This experience working with existing constraints, combined with a preoccupation with off-the-shelf products prompted RES4 to begin exploring off-site, factory construction. They developed a systematic design methodology, named The Modern Modular, that attempts to leverage existing methods of prefabrication to produce custom modern homes, specific to each client and site.
The Modern Modular attempts to offer an option of ‘Mass Customization’ to the single-family housing market, thereby transforming the suburban fabric of the domestic American landscape. RES4’s prefabrication projects explore efficiency of design, implementation, and performance, while producing custom modern homes. RES4’s loft and apartment projects embody many of the same pursuits, crafted around highly efficient, storage-filled spaces with wide open, light-filled communal spaces. The LuxPad explores one of their loft projects below…
Project name: Union Square Loft
Floor Area: 3000 SF
Project time taken: Construction: 9 Months
Completion of Project: 2011
White, bright, and light, the Union Square Loft is a 4 bedroom, 2-½-bath urban-duplex-loft-space for a young family of four.
This 3,000 square-foot apartment is designed with a loft-like sensibility. The upper level is public space, featuring a wall of windows facing south and east. The kitchen is tucked around the corner from the entry and is open to the dining room and living area, creating a strong communal zone and wide-open play space to breathe-in the light. The bedrooms are located on the lower level, which is reached via a sculptural spiral stair.
What was the creation / planning process?
This project was a true collaboration between the architect, client, and contractor; leveraging the skills of each into one cohesive design that envelopes familial living, play, and the production of art. The client was very hands-on throughout the design and construction process. Additionally, she created and composed the artwork in the master bedroom and powder room, as well as some of the kid’s rooms. She also designed the dining room table, selected the light fixtures, and the furniture.
Although at first glance the space may not look kid-friendly, its functionality certainly says otherwise. The project features an open play space that leads to a designated toy/art room – a place for the children to call their own. The strong client relationship led to the development of a highly organized solution placing strong emphasis on creative storage options. Built in cabinets helped maximize the available space and allow a place for anything and everything. The south wall of the dining/living area has a continuous storage bench that conceals the kid’s toys. As a result, the family zone is kept clean and uncluttered.
How did the project go?
The process was very streamlined – the architects, client, and contractor worked hand-in-hand to execute the project.
Storage is the key element. Years later, the built-in cabinets have allowed for the loft to remain as “white and bright” as it was at completion.
What was your favourite room or part of the project and why?
The open space at the base of the stairs is the junction of all circulation through the space. As the meeting point of all of the bedroom spaces, it informally acts as a cozy private living area and play space for the children and captures views of the curving sculptural stair up to the main floor.
Were there any issues or problems you encountered during the project?
It’s always challenging to work within an existing building envelope. To execute a clean-lined design with tight reveals inside building that is over one hundred years old presents many difficulties: crooked walls and surfaces are a regular occurrence. But, the architect and contractor were able to smoothly adapt to the building’s quirks.