Madeleine Sanchez Architect

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  • TRADE SECRETS: Light to Make Walls Dance
  • Small-kitchen solutions…
  • Dream Houses…
  • Stair Case
    TRADE SECRETS: Light to Make Walls Dance

    Publication: The New York Times
    Section: House & Home
    Date: December 9, 1999
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    Madeleine Sanchez, a Manhattan architect, has discovered the translucence of nylon tulle. Yes, tulle -- the fluffy stuff of a ballerina's tutu or a bridal veil.

    When Jeff St. Onge, the owner of a New York advertising agency, asked Ms. Sanchez to design his loft offices, he asked for walls that would transmit light throughout the space. Ms. Sanchez devised two fiberglass walls -- two sheets of fiberglass in an aluminum frame -- and stuffed the interiors with tulle. When lighted from behind, the fabric, she said, looks ''cloudlike, airy and random.'' There is an illusion of movement.

    Small-kitchen solutions…

    Publication: Kitchens/Baths
    Date: Spring 1998

    In their search for a place to live in New York City, Soo-Mi Lee and Greg McKenzie were lucky enough to find a two-bedroom apartment in a desirable prewar building. But their luck did not extend to the kitchen. The galley-style space, which had been originally designated for the household help, was tiny - difficult for one person to work in, and nearly impossible for tow. "It was unpleasant and claustrophobic," says Lee, "and so narrow that only one wall was usable and the existing cabinets were not full depth." So depressing was the prospect of functioning in this kitchen that the couple decided to bring it up to speed before they moved into the apartment. When they first met with Madeleine Sanchez, the New York architect they hired to solve their dilemma, Lee and McKenzie thought they had it all figured out. Can you give us the extra room we need, they asked her, by turning the adjoining maid's room into a breakfast area and cutting a pass through in the common wall? After reviewing the situation, Sanchez and her assistant, Tina Manis, had another idea - take down the common wall and incorporate the maid's room into the kitchen. "one of the things they wanted was a kitchen big enough to eat in, "Sanchez recalls. "Using the maid's room as an eating area would have given them that, but the workspace would have still been very cramped.

    At first reluctant to give up their notion of a separate eating area, the owners eventually accepted Sanchez's proposal - and they are delighted they did.

    Dream Houses…

    Publication: The New York Times
    Section: House & Home
    Date: March 26, 1998
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    Every summer, Madeleine Sanchez, now 38-year-old architect, would visit her grandmother's small turquoise and ocher house in Cayer, P.R. She was often awakened in the middle of the night by moonlight, which streamed in through cracks in the wooden planks that made up the small hand-built casita where her grandmother lived and died.

    Ms. Sanchez's reminiscences about her grandmother, "a fearless woman who refused to leave her house during hurricanes and who got up at 5 A.M. with roosters," never became a conscious element in her architecture. (She founded her own firm in 1992.) But those snippets of memory - of her grandmother's transom, the shutters facing the mountains and the weay the moonbeams shone through - are subtly interwoven in a freestanding pavilion she designed for "Dream Houses: Three Latino Construction," an exhibition highlighting the work of young Puerto Rican architects, which opened yesterday at Hostos Center for Arts and Culture in the Bronx.

    Along with her colleagues in the show, Warren James, 38, and Miguel Rivera, 33, Ms. Sanchez, a New York-born "Nuyorican," represents a new generation of Latino architects who are using their histories, attitudes and dreams - their shared psychic terrain - to create their own fusion architecture in New York and Puerto Rico.

    Stair Case

    Publication: House Beautiful
    Date: May 1996

    A family of architects combines two apartments in a landmark town house in New York.

    Eschewing the conventional solution - a rickety metal spiral that takes up the least amount of space - the designs decided to make the new staircase on the focal points of the 1,700 -square-foot renovation, achieved with the help of New York architect Madeleine Sanchez.