The Alden

New York | Upper West Side | 2300 sf


This 2300 square foot renovation took place within the Alden, a former hotel built in 1926 on Central Park West. The primary layout challenge consisted of combining five small hotel rooms into a single flowing residence. While the Alden is known for its Central Park views, all five of these units faced the shaded courtyard from the second floor. This made designing for maximized light paramount. A solution was found in the definition of rooms by translucent Kalwall panels. More typically used for daylighting as exterior walls, Kalwall panels let a diffuse light penetrate deeper into the apartment. The client’s preference for a homey maple for custom shelving and walls offers a warm contrast to Kalwall’s gallery –even loft like aesthetic.

The gallery reference fits the living spaces which can be left flowing around maple-clad floating volumes or defined by closing solid and frosted glass pocket doors and sliding kalwall panels. Separately, they create a music room, study, walk in closet, large chef’s kitchen, and central living-dining space. Room definition is suggested by coffered cove lights and well-lit display cabinets and shelves.
The drive to maximize light led to modern bathrooms with scintillating white finishes. In the guest bathroom, white terrazzo floors and porcelain tile reflect the light from a window and through translucent Kalwall doors on two sides. In the Master bathroom, strips of thassos cover the floors, walls, and full height doors of medicine cabinets. A vibrant blue-green glass wall divides a vanity and suspended mirrors from a roll-in shower.