Soho Duplex

For this Soho residence, the New York architects combined two stacked apartments with a new rear extension.  The resulting duplex expands as you move through it.  Starting with a low entry, they gained ceiling height by dropping the floor of the rear extension.  This further created multiple levels for gardens:  a sunken terrace outside the living room, an arboreal backyard above, and a green roof off the master bedroom.  , the treads of the new stair cantilever from a bank of cabinets.   And lastly, a chimney with indoor and outdoor fireplaces anchors the glass wall of the living room.

photos: Catherine Tighe