Interview with Architect Janine Glatt, New Jersey
Where did you grow up and what made you know you wanted to be an architect?
I am fourth generation Hoboken born and raised. I became interested in architecture after touring the Baroque castles of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in high school. When I went to college at NYU I took an Architecture history class and decided to become an Architect. I transferred to Pratt to begin my studies and then went to NJIT upon discovering their growing computer department. It was at NJIT that I finished my degree.
What challenges do you face working within spaces in Hudson County and how do you plan accordingly?
There are certainly some design challenges to working in Hudson County. The houses are narrow and dark and it takes some creativity to open up those spaces and give the clients a sense of light and openness without over-cluttering the design. However, I find that challenge exhilarating and it gives me a chance to grow as an artist with each project no matter how small.
Tell me a bit about your Hoboken Loft project?
The Hoboken loft was my favorite project so far. The couple was receptive to a modern design. It was nice to have a large open central space for the family. The curve connected the two entrances to the Kitchen, Living Room and Dining Area. The curved walls were supposed to be glass walls that brought some light into the center space. Instead, it was changed to a clerestory of plastic at the tops of the walls.
What are some recent projects around JC/Hoboken you are particularly happy with?
I like projects that retain some of the history of what was there before. Projects by other Architects such as the Vestry, on 8th and Bloomfield, and the church & residences at 707 Willow are both projects that are of modern construction but at the same time keep their old façades. I always find this contrast of the old and new together appealing. The designs of the mixed use – mid-rises in Hoboken are also very inventive. Their sleek modern looks add to the character of the neighborhood by using the same materials of the existing row houses.
Source: Jersey Digs