This iconic West Village carriage house was converted by the owner, a renowned artist, into a pied-à-terre.
The street-level garage opening was filled with custom-made bi-fold doors that allowed the movement of large pieces of art in and out of the house with ease. The original brick façade was found to be on the brink of collapse—it was rebuilt from the ground up with masonry and custom-cast lintels to match the originals.
The entry foyer is divided from the living room by a wall of custom steel and glass doors. These ambitious architectural elements were the result of careful planning, engineering, and creativity. The remarkably thin mullions frame the Bendheim restoration glass with minimal intrusion, and each of the doors effortlessly pivot—despite their 14-foot height and substantial weight—on custom bearings. These doors act as a primary design statement in the home while providing additional sound dampening from the active street outside.
The living room and Bulthaup kitchen are lit with museum lighting to feature the owner’s extensive sculpture and fine-art collections. The glass shelving for the vases is composed of custom aluminum panels with brackets that ride on hidden mechanisms to make the shelves adjustable.
A simple finished basement that houses the owner’s library bookends this Greenwich Village townhouse.