An Apartment for Space-Age Lovers, NYC / by Dash Marshall

An Apartment for Space-Age Lovers, NYC / by Dash Marshall

Dash Marshall shared with us their private home project, An Apartment for Space-Age Lovers, NYC, USA. Project description from the architects follows the break along with additional images and photographs.

An Apartment for Space-Age Lovers, NYC / by Dash Marshall
by Dash Marshall

Our clients come from the future. They live in a small space capsule docked into the shell of a building designed by IM Pei in the 1960s. Smooth surfaces and strong reflections are familiar to them: life reflected in the curved glass visor of a space suit.

They wanted a home to charge up between missions; they wanted a place where every boot and book, every single little thing could be hidden away; they wanted something that would make the most out of their 715 square feet. They asked Dash Marshall to design a home that would do all of this with aplomb.

An Apartment for Space-Age Lovers, NYC / by Dash Marshall
© Elizabeth Wentling

Dash replied with a highly flexible, intensely personal, high-gloss home for two Space-Age Lovers. The project is designed around four strategies:

Simple Spaces

How useful is a 2 foot long hallway? Not very. That’s why we simplified the spaces of the apartment, making the rooms larger by removing hallways and transferring that square footage to the rooms themselves. By using sliding partitions the Space-Age Lovers can recombine the rooms of their apartment at will, yielding many different ways to live in the apartment.

A friendly Black Hole

The Black Hole is a flexible zone which can be annexed to the living room or bedroom, or optionally kept closed as a large walk-through closet space depending on the needs of The Lovers. It’s big enough to gobble up anything The Lovers need to hide.

Everything In Its Right Place

The Space-Age Lovers came to Dash Marshall with a problem. They had too much stuff and wanted to be able to live in serenity, without being reminded of their earthly possessions on a daily basis. Dash protect The Lovers from their things by wrapping the apartment in an insulating layer of built-in storage where there’s a place for everything.


The reflections of the Apartment tell the story of the zero-gravity life that our Space-Age Lovers strive to live. Through reflective surfaces and the new configuration of interior spaces, views within the Apartment are multiplied. This new sense of depth is an important addition to a small home that is also occasionally used as a workspace.

An Apartment for Space-Age Lovers, NYC / by Dash Marshall
© Elizabeth Wentling


  • A series of sliding partitions allow the space to be reconfigured to meet the whims of the occupants
  • Transformer Space Appliance is a rotating closet wall that enables further flexibility, including the ability to form a walk-in closet when desired
  • Extensive built-in cabinetry to allow all possessions to be hidden from view


Name: An Apartment for Space-Age Lovers
Location: Kips Bay, NYC, USA, Earth
Scope: Full gut renovation
Function: Private home (1bd/1ba)
Size: 715 square feet