Loft in Lower Manhattan: Andrea Leung

Architect Andrea Leung bought a historic loft in Manhattan and turned it into a mirror maze with secret rooms. Since moving to New York in 2013, Andrea has dreamed of her own apartment, which can become a secluded refuge for her in the big city. The perfect room was found on a quiet street corner in Tribeca: a sun-drenched loft with high ceilings that support three cast-iron Corinthian columns, in a historic building from 1864.

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The work came during the months of the pandemic, and during that time the architect managed to really get to know the space from start to finish. First of all, Andrea got rid of the mezzanine and the small kitchen under it. It was decided to place private rooms along the eastern wall of the building: a bedroom, a dressing room, a kitchen, and two bathrooms are hidden behind a solid wall that stretches across the entire width of the apartment. Partly it is decorated with mirror panels and partly passes into a glass partition, so that sometimes it is impossible to distinguish a blank wall from a door hidden behind mirrors.

“I love secret rooms. My grandmother’s house was full of them. Push the right mirror, and you will get into the Japanese salon. Lean against the right closet, and the secret passage will lead you to a quiet secluded place, “says Andrea. As an architect, I enjoy simple and elegant design solutions. But more importantly, it’s the emotions that drive my creative projects. I’ve always been interested in how static combinations of materials can create poetic tension, affect our thoughts and memories, and evoke feelings in the subconscious that we can’t always fully describe.”

Living room. The dining table is made according to the designer’s sketches.

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