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Architect's NYC Home Has a Moat and a Cliff-Hanging Bed

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Designed by David Ling as a personal space to live and work, this 19th century NYC apartment certainly isn't some polished, perfect product, but instead what the architect calls an "autobiographical, spatial story" and a rather bold experiment in letting a space change with age. Ling bought the entire building in 2000, and promptly halted all construction—opting to keep this 2,500-square-foot loft space raw. Even today, the walls are made up of a slightly crumbing exposed brick, while the floors are either untouched cement or a cracked mirrored acrylic that Ling routinely patches up—creating an almost mosaic effect.

Decor wise, both levels of the loft are outfitted in minimalist, colorless furnishings—save for one shockingly modern red chair in the living room. Serving to connect the two floors, a waterfall trickles down from the loft into a moat-like body of water in the living room that's lined with stepping stones. On the upper level, Ling's "nest" area is made up of a bed that partially hangs over a ledge—creating an effect that's either super cool or terrifying, depending one's propensity for tossing and turning in the night. Do have a look at Remodelista's full gallery, right this way.

· Life on the Edge: An Architect's Eccentric NYC Loft [Remodelista]