"Cabinets of curiosities" define rooms in art collector's apartment by MOS
Deep walls with built-in storage are designed to accommodate an expansive collection of art objects at this renovated apartment by New York City-based MOS Architects.
The residence contains a master suite, an office that can be used as a guest room, and an open-concept social space that includes the kitchen, dining room, and living room.
Interior partitions were built 16 inches (40 centimetres) deep, creating large shelves within which art can be stored or displayed.
Within the living room, two large display cases allow the client to put specific objects on view. They were built in light-coloured wood, contrasting the white finish of the walls.
Because the office and living room are connected, a curtain runs continuously between them, unifying the separate areas.
Particular attention was paid to materials used for the intervention. The kitchen counter, for example, is made of a pale marble that also forms a large backsplash reaching up to the ceiling. The expansive counter surface also doubles as an informal eating area for the residents.
At the end of the hall, the master bedroom has its own ensuite, which is finished with white marble. Another storage wall separates this area from the bed.
MOS was one of the firm's that contributed an alternative vision for the famous Tribune Tower competition, on show at this year's Chicago Architecture Biennial. Other projects by the firm include a floating house on Canada's Lake Huron, and a series of angular buildings for an arts school in Denmark.