Freecell Architecture finds it essential to engage with materials, methods, and structures to solve design problems. We consider the studio to be an open, as in FREE, organism, as in CELL, that absorbs, processes, and grows from outside influences and resources. We strive to make site-specific, three-dimensional constructs that transform and question the use and perception of space, and it is with this formula that we have created installations, residences, and furniture. Our standard is to offer thorough commitment, listen to needs, respond with solutions, understand limitations, and act with timely efficiency. Our devotion comes from the love and satisfaction of completing projects.
For November, we're showing off an apartment we finished a few months back:
Madison Square Park Apartment, 2012
We were charged to transform a bland and beige three bedroom apartment, which overlooks Madison Square Park, into an open and bold space. The two thousand, five hundred square foot apartment needed a major redesign of the kitchen and bath, as well as, major updating of colors and materials throughout. The existing materials consisted of tan stone and colored glass tile.
The other rooms needed a bit of spatial reconfiguration and a strong color palette. We worked with the interior designer, Ryan Korban, to transform the space into a sophisticated, richly appointed apartment that fit its surrounding in the city. The apartment is sited directly on Madison Park in New York City and has the unique benefit of straddling the urbane, the Flatiron District, and pastoral, in the park itself. To look out of the dining and living rooms windows allow views of the 6-acre Madison Park. The space needed to be open and allowing one to see historic New York - the Flatiron Building (1902) by Daniel Burnham, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower (1911) by Napoleon LeBrun, and New York Life Insurance Building (1926) by Cass Gilbert. These buildings frame the city’s rich architectural history and before our renovation the apartment was more compartmentalized which restricted access to the views.
We worked with a rich material palette to give a unique character to the spaces. Beautifully veined calacatta marble, mirror polished stainless steel, and a warm rich black ebonized floor. The stone island in the kitchen is a centerpiece in which the family gathers around for many meals and casual conversations.The space becomes more formal in the the living and dining rooms but allows feels connected since the black herringbone floor runs throughout the spaces. On one of the living room is a suede covered book and television wall. The warm gray suede gives a the room a soft feel allowing the surface to have some interest and depth. The faux firebox is finished in a dark gray mirror. The other gray walls are finished with Farrow and Ball paint and have a corniced molding with a restrained classic profile in black. The apartment is a fitting city residence that balances the urban setting with a relaxing, comfortable space to host friends, display art, and enjoy family.
News and Events
The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis has announced Freecell as the winner of their urban design-build competition, PXSTL.
We will be lecturing at the College of Design at Iowa State University on October 9, 2013.
We are one of three finalists for PXSTL, a competition exploring the critical role of arts and culture in building vital and dynamic communities. PXSTL is a collaboration between The Pulitzer Foundation and the Sam Fox School at Washington University in Saint Louis.
The Cat Show is on view through July 27, 2013 at White Columns, 320 West 13th St. It features The Cats-in-Residence Program July 12-13 and July 19-20. Photos by Jonathan Grassi HERE.
John is on the panel: "Sketchbook: Architectural Reflections on GCT" at Transit Museum on June 12, 2013.
"Exploring the China Academy of Art" describes Lauren's experience teaching in the campus designed by Amateur Architecture - Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu. The essay can be read on The Architectural League of NY's website.
We will be lecturing at RISD on Thursday, March 14, 2013.