Who: Jim Dreitlein, Architect, Justin Smith, Architect, Serban Ionescu, Architect, Narek Gevorgian, Illustrator and Eric Juron, Another architect
Where: Greenpoint, Brooklyn
What: 5-Bedroom Loft
WC: How long have you lived in the space?
Objectionists: We’ve been here since August first, but we didn’t sleep inside the structure until it was complete, which was in December of 2009. It felt like a strange ritual to sleep outside of it, surrounding it…
WC: What did it look like when you originally moved in?
O: Just an empty shell, we call it the host. Of course there was the small kitchen and bathrooms.
WC: Where did you get the materials to build out the structure?
O: Most materials came from commercial lumber places. Some were salvaged from our old apartments which we built as well. Materials were donated from an office Serban used to work at, and we got a lot of materials from BIGNYC (build it green) in Astoria, they are this recycled material place, awesome for paints and crazy unique finds.
Transporting these materials was a task of it’s own, we don’t have a vehicle, so friends with vans/cars were needed, of course favors were exchanged. One of our friend’s deal was to turn our construction site into a mini tattoo parlor on Friday nights. We helped another friend build some stuff when we had some time and so on… This whole adventure wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for all the extra hands that helped us out.
WC: Do you have any future plans you are working on for the interior?
O: We look at what we built as something of infinite growth, something temporal that can’t ever be still. A nuclei for whats to come… we have many plans for it that will branch out from what we have started with. Time will guide it for now.
Photography by Jamie Beck