Michael K. Chen completely revived an impressive historic townhouse in Manhattan. Over no less than four floors, MKCA brought a contemporary touch in a historical context.
We've brought projects by Michael K. Chen before and it is no wonder that we're such a big fan of his work. That's why we would like to lead you through an impressive house designed by Michael K. Chen Architecture again today. This time it's a beautiful 1879 Neo-Grec townhouse of no less than five floors with a large roof terrace. The house is located in Manhattan's Upper East Side and has an impressive area of over 900 m2. It has been completely renovated and refurbished with a contemporary look in a historical context. The decoration and distribution is focused on family life, but also on entertaining and organizing events on a larger scale. That is why there are different living spaces and sitting rooms on the different levels. Due to the generous vertical openings, the house feels open and airy despite the narrower design that goes up in height. From each floor, you have a view of the spaces of the level above or below. Some historical details and styles have been retained. In the entrance hall, for example, the ceiling has a beautiful pattern and decorative surfaces that were characteristic of the Neo-Grec style. The 'Objet Trouve' mirror by Kodor Design together with the 'Herve van der Straeten'-scones by Maison Gerard also match this beautifully. Further in the house, contemporary and custom-made furniture are combined with a few design pieces and works of art. In most rooms there is a soft palette of light colours such as beige, blue, white and grey complemented by brass elements or more colourful details in furniture or paintings.
MKCA brings contemporary interior in a historical context
Along the outside, this is already a very impressive home with its Neo-Grec style historical features, but inside everything is equally imposing thanks to the openness of the different levels and perfectly curated selection of furniture, works of art and decorative objects.
Header photo © Alan Tansey