353 Central Park West
CPW is our third project with this client. We started by visiting several addresses with them but as soon as we saw this 15th Floor apartment, the search was over. With 7-foot-high windows facing the Central Park reservoir, bathed in light from three sides, this was the clear winner. But there were numerous issues: a small galley kitchen, separate, enclosed rooms limiting the views, lack of flow, heavily traditional detailing to name a few.
ECA's task was to open the spaces to take advantage of the vistas and create flow. We blew out the kitchen wall, doubled the footprint (yes, they cook and eat together); we created broad breaks in walls to create spatial continuity and establish a strong relationship to the Park.
The continuity of spaces and expansion of light are enhanced by the airy, fluid design and sleek material selection. Finishes include porcelain slab countertops in the kitchen with stained gray cabinets; a new modern fireplace incorporating porcelain slab and black granite mantle and hearth; new ash-blond wood flooring; white Caesarstone radiator tops and off-white wall finishes to maximize the brightness of the sunlit rooms.