The Friends of Duane Park’s 11th-annual Inside Tribeca Loft Tour is Oct. 17. For a mere $50, you have four hours to get a close, self-guided look at around 10 lofts. (There are never repeats from year to year.) Only 400 tickets are sold, so buy yours now! Proceeds help to maintain Duane Park.
The third apartment I got a preview of—the first two are here and here—was really cool. The back part is the home of Linda Pollak and Sandro Marpillero, while the front is the office of their firm, Marpillero Pollak Architects. They purchased it in 2000, and then reworked it in ways that only two architects could, making the most of opportunities (such as uncovered columns and beams) as they happened. The result is fascinating: Many details are old (the building was built in the 1860s), but the complexity of the architecture feels very modern. I’m not sure my photos will make sense of it; I heartily recommend seeing it in person.
P.S. Pollak said that she was walking by Bassett’s (a restaurant that was where A Uno is now) as it was being gutted, and she picked up the sneeze guard and an ice bin, which she made use of in their kitchen and on their deck, respectively.