Frederick Biehle Erika Hinrichs viaARCHITECTURE prioritizes space, light, and material so as to offer you the essence of interiority.

 

Livingspaces

Townhomes and apartments in Manhattan and Brooklyn, homes on Long Island, Shelter Island, and Westchester County, we have designed comfortable and livable environments that aspire to address the art of dwelling.

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workspaces

Not-for-profit; publishing; restaurants; fashion including designers, modeling agencies, and retailers; advertising agencies as well as commercial offices- we approach every project with the same sense of spatial care and clarity of detail.

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furniture

Free standing or built-in, hard surfaced as well as upholstered, we offer thoughtfully unique custom fabricated furnishings independent of or as a complement to all of our projects.  

 

CONVERSION OF THE TOP TWO FLOORS AND ROOF OF A WEST VILLAGE WALK UP TO PROVIDE LIVING AND WORKING SPACE FOR A YOUNG FILM-MAKER AND HIS FAMILY.

The program requirements were quite brief, simply to open the space and insert the idea of "loft" into the irregular configuration of a century old residential building. But to also include a master bedroom that could be isolated from the rest of the apartment, an interior sanctuary. The concept began by reducing the space to its most essential terms, 3500 square feet on two levels with windows on all four elevations. The interior walls were stripped back to the masonry shell, which was kept exposed along with the heavy timber lintels over the windows. Absolute level was introduced with a new walnut wide plank floor and a lath and plaster ceiling, thus fixing the space's perimeter. Proportionally elongated, the design then interjected distinctively different moments, a series of architectural tableaux that when linked by the sequence of use, could make for a variety of episodic experiences. 

 
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A 1949 ESTATE HOME FACING ONTO THE CHAGRIN RIVER IN NORTHERN OHIO RENOVATED FOR A YOUNGER ATHLETIC FAMILY

The project was executed in four phases all intended to deformalize it, opening it to light and movement while still being able to display a growing art collection: The ground floor public spaces including an atrium, formal and informal living rooms, a dining room, study and billiard room. The 2500 sf master bedroom suite including his and her bathroom and dressing rooms, a second study, an exercise area and a bedroom proper with both sitting and art viewing areas. The kitchen with addition and utilitarian spaces - wine cellar, pool changing room and garage entrance. The exterior pool addition with disappearing edge looking over the sloping terrain toward the river.

 
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One full and one partial floor in a five story brick manufacturing building in West SOHO reinvented as creative studios, sales offices, and showrooms for a designer/manufacturer of silk fashions.

As the clothing designers pattern must be placed onto the flat surface in order to be cut, so too does the figural pattern of this showroom unfold. Private spaces for each of the two partners can be recognized at opposite lengths by identical bent wood walls. The two exhibition showrooms, the projects physical center and visual focus are always open through the transparency of their steel and glass walls. Ten private office areas form the perimeter. 

 
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A FULL FLOOR LOFT ON LOWER BROADWAY FOR A YOUNG COUPLE WITH TWO CHILDREN AND A COLLECTION OF MODERN FURNITURE.

The design was intentionally minimal emphasizing the layered planes that apportion and subdivide the space. The nature of materials became a focus- rosewood paneling in the living-dining area, and teak in the bedroom. the plaster vaults of the ceiling were allowed to continue through and the bathrooms were considered as variations of white on white.

 
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14TH FLOOR SOUTH FACING APARTMENT IN THE THIRD OF THREE RICHARD MEIER TOWERS ON THE FAR WEST SIDE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE.

A project of discreet  interventions with furniture and cabinetry to offset the overwhelming whiteness of being. A deep red Venetian plaster wall greets ones arrival and extends the length of the space to the open living room. Easels and wall panels are set up to accommodate an ever changing collection of contemporary painting. 

 
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COMPLETE MAKEOVER OF AN EXISTING INDOOR POOL AND TENNIS COURT FACILITY TO INCLUDE A FULL KITCHEN AND GUEST BEDROOM SUITE, AND SUPPORTING FACILITIES OF SAUNA, STEAMROOM, WEIGHTROOM, AND JACCUZZI.

Liked by tunnel from the main house, the primary space is the indoor pool, surrounded by 10 sliding doors and resurfaced in an aggregated mosaic glass tile. All other spaces are extensions to it, including the outdoor terrace that overlooks the nearby Chagrin River.

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AN ARTS FUNDING NOT-FOR PROFIT WITH 20 EMPLOYEES WILLING TO SHARE PRIVATE OFFICES AS A WAY TO GAIN MORE COMMUNAL SPACE FOR CONFERENCE ROOMS, FORMAL MEETING ROOMS AND INFORMAL GATHERING RELOCATED TO A FULL 17TH FLOOR IN OF AN OFFICE TOWER ON MAIDEN LANE JUST OFF OF BROADWAY IN LOWER MANHATTAN.

With windows on all four sides of the floor, the intention was to emphasize the loftyness of the space by allowing for repeated moments of visual access to the exterior windows. interior walls have multiple doors (all sliding pocket) and windows. the central conference room is punctuated by 8 openings and can be subdivided. There is a large screening room for films and presentations adjacent to the library.

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A FAMILY TOWNHOUSE ON THE UPPER WEST SIDE GOES THROUGH FIVE PHASES OF WORK TO ACHIEVE THE PERFECT RESIDENCE.

Beginning with a glass and stainless steel balcony suspended over the rear garden, the project was one of progressively altering and modernizing the character of what had been a 1960s renovation to a turn-of-century classic townhouse. The last phase was the most extensive, removing the street level rental unit and opening the ground floor directly to the garden for dining, cooking and lounging.

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