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Old soap factory converted to tranquil Tribeca oasis by Andrew Franz

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Architect Andrew Franz transformed the top floor and roof of a late 18th century former soap warehouse into an eclectic loft in Tribeca, an area of Manhattan, New York. Franz reorganized and modernized the six-story building—which retains its original 16-foot beam ceilings, brick walls, timber columns, and elevator winches from the former freight shaft—by incorporating steel, glass, handmade tile, and lacquer to complement the masonry and heavy timber.

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The residence was reconceived to offer open entertaining zones and a fluid connection to the outdoors. A relocated mezzanine allows for direct access to the roof terrace above, and features an interior courtyard with a retractable glass roof. Embracing the building’s industrial past, a visual discourse between new and old is devised through insertions of modern materials along with restored or reclaimed materials.

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An inverted courtyard unifies the interior space, which is topped by an expansive 150-square-foot retractable skylight adjacent to a lush roof deck overlooking the Hudson River and lower Manhattan. An interior courtyard and rectangular mezzanine are situated below the original 16-foot gull-wing ceiling planes. Reclaimed wood, new built-ins, and midcentury antiques complement the old brick and timber.

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Photos: Albert Vecerka/Esto

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