In New York City’s TriBeCa neighborhood, MODU took on the renovations of a 3-bedroom loft to brighten up the inner component of the space in a project they call Inside Light. The loft, as with other common NYC lofts, has a “deep” floor program, which signifies the front and the rear are naturally lit by the windows, but the middle section is frequently dark. Normally that section serves as the service function location, but this loft’s middle section is exactly where the kitchen is housed.
Due to the layout, they decided to invert the typical loft arrangement in order to make the central space much more bright. In order to make that come about, they developed a series of mirrored surfaces that assist reflect the light from the front and rear windows and into the family members space.
Paired with translucent glass walls, these reflective surfaces expand the region of naturally lit spaces making the complete unit seem open and light.
A cube bumps out from a side wall in the open living location offering a spot for the fireplace, as effectively as storage. It also homes some of the reflective surfaces within it. It’s clad in rich wood panels, some that are raised helping to develop dimension – otherwise it would be just a massive wooden box.
The kitchen island has a faceted wood exterior which mimics the lines of the cube.
The kitchen cabinets are a crisp white helping to maintain space super vibrant.
Much more reflective panels line the hallway.
Photographs by Naho Kubota.