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Chinatown Loft at Open House New York

By Ritu Saheb, Architect, AIA

I volunteered as a Visitor Host with Open House New York at the Chinatown Loft on October 15th. I love the mission of this organization, which is to open both public and private buildings to an average New Yorker for a weekend. What a great way to enjoy the built and designed space in this energetic city.

 The architect designed dining table. Photo by  Ritu Saheb, Architect, AIA

The architect designed dining table. Photo by Ritu Saheb, Architect, AIA

The spacious 1500 sf loft is located on Forsyth Street, across the city's median park in Chinatown. It is designed and occupied by the architect Buro Koray Duman. He has done an amazing job within a tight budget. The highlights are the clean, clutter free aesthetics with a pop of color and the fact that this apartment is bathed in vibrant light. The lime green book wall, the simple sofa and dining table designed by him, and the art strewn all over the apartment catch your eye right away.

Another important fact I learnt in this architectural tour was that Mr. Duman's live-in partner is an art gallery owner. That explains the sophisticated art pieces.

By Ritu Saheb, Architect, AIA

 Jenga skyscraper visible across the garden. Photo by  Ritu Saheb, Architect, AIA

Jenga skyscraper visible across the garden. Photo by Ritu Saheb, Architect, AIA

 Lime green walls, they work in an apartment renovation. Photo by  Ritu Saheb, Architect, AIA

Lime green walls, they work in an apartment renovation. Photo by Ritu Saheb, Architect, AIA