The Wadia Residence is a 3,000 square foot duplex loft in the Flatiron District of Manhattan. This is a home for a family of four designed by 4 Architecture (RES4) to be kid friendly despite its clean, contemporary appearance.
The owners took part in the design process, even creating the dining table and artwork for the master bedroom, powder room, and some in the kids’ rooms.
The white surfaces reflect natural light that enters through the window walls on the south and east sides. The living room and dining room remain bright with subdued furniture and light wood, and plenty of space to play. Cleverly hidden storage space is hidden in a wall bench that extends the entire length of the south wall. Down the sculptural spiral staircase is an open play space for the kids with a wall of hidden closets for all the family things. Next to the playroom are the bedrooms on the lower level.
Some all-white rooms can feel strong and clinical, but not here. This bedroom, for example, is given personality by a wall of colorful artwork by the homeowner. The two children’s rooms are also white, but definitely not boring, as each is given a characteristic color of red or blue.