When Tricia Brock, the sought-after director for shows such as Girls, Breaking Bad, and Silicon Valley, bought her Lenox Hill one-bedroom apartment in a prewar co-op building, it was dark and had a schizophrenic feel. The front of the apartment had a bank of windows, which allowed a pleasant wash of northern light into the apartment, but the back was a warren of cubbied-off spaces facing a skywell. The result was a suffocating set of rooms. Working from sunny Los Angeles, Tricia hired Agencie to redesign the apartment and, most importantly, bring in the light.
The key part of working on interior co-op renovations in New York is wrangling with the unknown. It’s a bit of a contest to figure out how to deal with the surprises that come up when working within historic structures while not incurring massive expenses and delays to a project…all while retaining design intent and some measure of sanity in the project.
This project, like many co-op projects, poses many hurdles, ranging from dealing with antiquated refrigeration-cum-drainage systems and a web of unknown plumbing, electrical and other chases crisscrossing up the building. In addition, the reviewing architect was Eliot Glass. The New York Times characterized Mr. Glass as the Man Who Could Ruin Your Renovation Plans. Through perseverance, diligence and experience, we pushed the project through a lengthy review process and complex construction phase.