every year we love what the students at pratt produce and show for brooklyn designs, so we thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the homes of their professors to help understand where the inspiration is coming from. this sneak peek is into the apartment of frederick biehle and erika hinrichs, associate professors of architecture, and their daughter, calder. last year they gut renovated the entire interior space after purchasing the c. 1875 “townhouse” unit in the old eagle warehouse at the base of the brooklyn bridge. the result of the renovation is less townhouse and more vertical loft, as they exposed as much brick as possible (which i always love), designed an open stair that runs the three floors and opened a connection between the lower and middle floors. the bedrooms are on the top level, like a treehouse. click here to see more. [thanks, frederick and erika!] -anne
[above: Top floor, Calders room- This is a view from our daughter’s (calder) bedroom into the stairhall and then to the master bedroom wall. The walls and doors are fabricated from steel with etched glass panels to help bring light across the floor and down into the stairwell. The floors were made of bamboo.]
CLICK HERE for the rest of frederick and erika’s sneak peek after the jump!
The open steel stair with ss cable railing runs up two floors creating a sectional opening through the space. the brick wall leads to the exterior wall which has another entry door to the street, but one must cross a steel “bridge” to get there that spans another opening to the lower level. This floor is all about the making meals and eating together.
Living area seen from the stair with exposed brick walls on three sides, tile floor and artwork. The rug is by angela adams.
Eat in counter area with stools by bluedot, you can see the granite counters and tile floor.
View from the stair where you can see the entire kitchen which is totally open and quite long. The cabinets all run full height and were made from natural cane.
Kitchen clock and Sabina- View in the kitchen across cooktop counter to the cabinet wall. Clock is from MOMA, cat is one of two, named Sabina, a sphinx. [right:] The entrance from the building interior is winds around some cabinets where you first encounter the stair
This is the same view [as top image] looking from the master bedroom to the hallway and then our daughters room. The fatboy beanbag chair is in the foreground, her stuffed animals in the background.