This penthouse loft in Manhattan's Nolita section has a central light well and a garden, designed by Joel Sanders. Photo: Joel Sanders Architect

Architect Joel Sanders seeks building designs that integrate with nature

Five years ago, New York-based architect Joel Sanders was renovating a Manhattan penthouse when he ran into a problem. "There was a rooftop garden, and what we needed to figure out was how to connect it to the loft," he says. "We decided to reverse modernist convention. Instead of taking hard materials outside, we brought the outside in."

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