Paradigm Companies tapped the interior design talents of Hartman Design Group to update Mountain View Crossing, the companyís garden apartment building in Wayne, New Jersey. Built in the late 1980ís, this community is located less than 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan. One of these buildings houses a large atrium that had served largely as a walkway and sometimes?storage area. To improve this valuable asset, Paradigm tasked HDG with the transformation of this non-functional space into an inviting common area for residents.
This atrium presented a number of design challenges. It is open 24 hours a day to residents, so the design had to be appealing, comfortable and very durable. The bigger challenge, however, was the cavernous, four-story ceiling. To create a cozy space without altering the architecture, HDG visually lowered the ceiling by installing natural wood beams and large, hanging light fixtures. An oversized fireplace, new wall finishes, warm lighting design, and comfortable furniture in multiple seating areas converted the space from a plain, unnoticed pass-through to a contemporary yet homey and embracing living area where residents can sit down and put their feet up, work at the communal table or relax together as a group.