Top to Bottom Rakks Shelving Unifies Manhattan Townhouse by Peter Gluck and Partners

by Rakks | January 25th, 2012

Drawing from Peter Gluck and Associates
Courtesy of Peter Gluck and Partners

Over the years, we have had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented architects in the profession. They welcome our collaborative approach, and we respect their talent and vision. The process simply works. Often our collaboration starts with a conversation that includes a description of the project and a preliminary architectural rendering of the space.

Last year we were sent a rendering that used Rakks shelving in extraordinarily creative application. The architectural firm of Peter Gluck and Partners was renovating a townhouse in Manhattan. Creating a visually stunning and elaborate structural component of the renovation, Gluck envisioned using Rakks shelving and shelf components from the first floor through the top floor.

Finished Rakks Bookshelf Installation by Peter Gluck
Photo Courtesy of Architectural Photographer Erik Freeland

As described on Peter Gluck and Partners website, “The stairs wind like a ribbon around the elevator core, providing a vertical counterpoint to the horizontal openness of the floor plan. A 40-foot high shaft of space from the ground floor to the penthouse is lined with bookshelves to house the clients’ extensive book collection. This four-story library unites the four floors and turns the stairway into an extension of the living spaces, rather than simply the path from one part of the house to another.”

Established in New York City in 1972, Peter Gluck and Partners is a forty person architectural firm known for its integrity of design and sensitivity to the relationship between architectural form and context. Rather than specializing in a particular building type or specific architectural style, the goal is to provide appropriate responses to often difficult and conflicting requirements. The firm has designed buildings throughout the United States, ranging in type from houses, schools, religious buildings, and community centers to hotels, corporate interiors, university buildings, and historic restorations. Many of these projects have won national and international design awards and have been published in architectural journals and books in many countries.

We thank architect Peter Gluck for such an extraordinary use of Rakks products!

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