We just received the latest project from Turett Collaborative Architects, a recent townhouse renovation on a 19th century building on Leyroy Street, a quiet eclave in New York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood.
We love it when clients aren’t afraid to share their grand dreams for their home, even if it seems to defy what’s possible for the location. The building had been a coal delivery garage in the 1920’s and by the 1990’s was a parking garage with a small residential space above it. When our client purchased the building, he knew it had the potential to be a great home, but he never envisioned how it would come to life as a bold, functional and expansive home suitable for hosting business, political and fundraising soirees.
Our overall goal in designing this home – nearly from scratch in the shell of an historic structure – was to fill it with meticulous modern detail and offer every amenity, while making it feel pleasingly established and comfortable, as though it had always been there. Although the original interiors were entirely demolished, we were able to save some elements and adapt them for reuse in the new townhouse.
The structure’s original timbers became stair treads and areas of a brick wall were exposed to provide visual interest and texture in the main living space. The original external brick facade was partially preserved, with a steel, wood and “green screen” added for promoting plant growth on second floor and rooftop garden areas.
By using every inch of available space and infusing light in various ways (the strategic use of light plays a major role in all of our townhouse renovations), the end result is a 4,500 square foot residential townhouse that immediately upon entry is seen as an awe-inspiring example of what creative use of materials, contemporary design, and a healthy budget can achieve.
Residents and visitors are greeted with a dramatic foyer and staircase that ascends to all four stories. Past the staircase is a combination kitchen, dining and living room area flooded with natural light from a massive structural skylight and a wall of windows. A fun feature we were excited to include is a koi pond that spans from the living room to the outdoor garden!
Our client’s home boasts these (and many other!) exciting features:
• Fully glazed back walls from the first to fourth floors and a 3-story glass wall, highlighting the space’s dramatic height
• A “cool” catwalk with access to the upper reaches of the double-height space
• A grass lawn on the second floor terrace
• A serene master shower design that incorporates the outdoors
• A luxurious high-speed elevator
• An indoor parking area – for 3 cars, with a lift!
• State of the art Lutron Lighting system
• “Smart home” capabilities that enable updating controls for security, entertainment, comfort, and energy use within the home
Photos: Courtesy of Turett Collaborative Architects
A children’s treehouse inspired the major redesign of this ranch-style house by Stephen Moser Architect, located on the western edge of Saxon Woods Park in Mamaroneck, New York. Originally built by a developer in the late 1950s, the ranch-style residence faced away from the wooded park. Several additions, including an indoor pool, further obstructed the park views.
The treehouse, which the clients had built some years ago for their grandchildren, sits on stilts among the trees, and guided ideas about the redesigned house’s silhouette, orientation, interior spaces, and materials.
Highlights of the 6,600 square foot redesign include a new covered entrance supported by two tree-like steel columns; a single large sloping roof that unifies the north side of the house and opens up the office and kitchen to the park; a new three-sided glass family room facing park and pool; the addition of a second-floor master bedroom suite with treehouse views; and the thematic use of wood slats in the detailing of both exterior and interior.
The 9th and Hudson townhouse project is the complete gut renovation and two story extension by Jensen C. Vasil Architect of a four story plus cellar structure, located in Manhattan, New York. The total living area of this stunning contemporary residence is 4,644 square feet. The residence showcases hardwood flooring throughout most of the interiors, high ceilings, white plastered walls, crown moulding and in some areas exposed brick.
Jensen C. Vasil Architect is a multi-disciplined firm serving the Metro New York and New Jersey areas. We are committed to providing the highest quality service to our clients from inception to completion and can provide proven experience in a wide variety of buildings and uses.
Photos: Jennifer Brown
Lower East Side townhouse is the conversion of an old Jewish school into a singly family residence containing an art gallery on the ground floor, designed by Labo Design Studio, situated in New York. Wherever the old structure could be used to meet the new requirements it was incorporated into the new building.
The existing three floors were enlarged with the addition of a volume in the rear of the building connected to the main body through three symmetrical openings and a partial floor on the top projecting onto the two story high living area of the third floor. The spatial arrangement is reminiscent of a loft, where the living area is organized in the front and the bedrooms and technical spaces in the back.
The vibrant color of the furnishing contrast with the monochromatic palette of the building materials.
Photos: Sergio Ghetti
Within close proximity to NYC art galleries and acclaimed Highline park, Turett Collaborative Architects transformed this four story, multi-unit Chelsea townhouse into a five story, single family residence with an exclusive open floor plan. The entire living area of this stunning contemporary townhouse is comprised of 6,500 square feet.
Townhouse architecture, often defined by a narrow width, demands a very smart use of space. Only 18 foot wide, this transformation was no exception. The challenge was amplified by a commitment to create space suited for potential art collectors who value living near west Chelsea’s famed art galleries.
A two story rear extension featuring a 20′-0″ high wall of glass was the design anchor for this gut renovation.
The stair design features waterfall or “sawtooth” oak treads and risers which cantilever over the painted stair stringer enhancing the perceived thinness of the stair section. Glass walls define the stair circulation zone at the lower two public floors, transitioning to a custom designed steel guardrail on the three private living floors above.
Horizontal bands windows at the 4th, 5th, and Penthouse floors help to bring natural light into the stair hallways making what would otherwise be a tight space appear open and airy. The stair culminates in a penthouse which is pulled away from the front and rear facades to provide landscaped terraces with panoramic views of the midtown skyline to the north as well as Highline and Hudson River views to the west.
Kitchen and dining areas facilitate many eating experiences, from the family meal, casual entertaining and more elegant events.
The glass rear wall allows unobstructed views into the rear garden from both the kitchen at ground level and the second floor living room. The patio area becomes a extension interior living space. It artistically frames an urban landscape that rises above the patio and changes as day becomes night, and the winter white change to spring and summer greens and autumn golds and reds.
At the three private living floors above the living room level, bathrooms, closets, and vertical chases “fill in” around the circulation core allowing for large full width rooms facing both north and south exposures.
The entire third floor is dedicated solely as a master suite with the master bedroom located towards the rear opening onto a landscaped terrace created by the two story double height extension.
A large walk-in closet gallery connects the bedroom to the master bathroom clad entirely in statuary marble. A glass enclosed steam shower and toilet compartment anchor once side of the bathroom with a full width vanity and mirror on the another. At the center, a free standing tub in white corian acts as the focal point for the bathing experience.
Turett Collaborative Architects collaborated closely with the developer, Magnum Real Estate, and real estate broker, Leonard Steinberg of Douglass Elliman, to envision a modern town home with large open floor plates and an efficient use of the lot’s limited width. Turett Collaborative Architects is a leader in townhouse renovation throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, NYC.
Photos: Courtesy of Turett Collaborative Architects
Four Barns Farm is an incredible weekend retreat built for a family to getaway from their fast pace life in New York City by Gleicher Design, located in Millbrook, a bucolic town tucked into the rolling landscape of the Hudson Valley, New York. The home is just an hour and a half’s drive from the city but worlds away from its frenzied lifestyle. These picturesque barns are nestled on the rolling hills of a 40-acre estate that was formerly owned by the composer Marvin Hamlish. Once a dairy farm, this exceptional piece of land dating to 1839 had an antique farmhouse and four substantial barns. Although the barns were in disrepair, the clients had a vision and their dream was to create a wonderful family compound, using the barns for gathering spaces and guest suites.
It was no easy task, with one of the barns having to be literally lifted off its foundation and gently set back down again. The barns surround a common courtyard, complimented by stone walls, a duck pond, a country farmhouse, and a small potting shed. All four barns and environs have been sensitively renovated and equipped with modern amenities, but in keeping with their historic character.
Local artisans were employed to create needed metal works, stone walls, fireplaces, and historic wood windows, antique hand hewn timber framing members and oak and pine plank flooring were reworked for their new uses. The barns now house a guesthouse, screening room, artist studio, garage, and bunk barn for teens and young adults.
Filling the “barn” with light also was critical to create the inviting spaces, so the architect grouped several windows together at the gable ends to flood the space with light.
In order to make the new barn weather-tight, the architects created a thick sandwich wall, which allowed for a blanket of insulation as well as space to hide ductwork. The hand-chiseled ancient beams were kept exposed to allow for a strong architectural design element in the space. Although the ceiling soars to 35 feet, the interiors were brought to a more human scale by introducing reclaimed horizontal oak boards to the lower portion of the interior wall and a reclaimed vertical oak board to the top portion.
Naturalistic landscaping completes the picture with new stone fences, a circular fire pit and bucolic meadows.
To maintain a cohesive look between the structures, the architect introduced the same siding, roofing and foundation materials and architectural design elements to each barn. A gravel courtyard in the center of the barns offers an outdoor common space for guests to gather when the weather cooperates.
Photos: Courtesy of Gleicher Design
This stylish London mews house has undergone a complete interior overhaul by Turner Pocock to create the feeling of a spacious New York loft apartment in London, England, United Kingdom. Use of neutral colors and finished accented with splashes of color for interest. Finishes flow through the 1,500 square foot house seamlessly from room to room and floor to floor avoiding any division of spaces. Doorways have been lifted to generate height and the balustrades installed in glass open up the central staircase. Turner Poock were responsible for interior architecture throughout as well as converting the garage into a living space and the roof terrace into a large external garden.
Turner Pocock is a leading interior design company providing the highest quality design services for both private residential and commercial projects in the United Kingdom and abroad. The company designs inspiring traditional and contemporary spaces – taking the lead from the client’s brief and the building to create environments that work perfectly in both form and function. They provide a comprehensive service that is tailored and scaled to meet the precise requirements of individual projects.
Photos: Courtesy of Turner Pocock
In a complete renovation of a bayside A-frame house on Fire Island, New York, Bromley Caldari Architects turned a seasoned beach rental into a sleek hideout. Rethinking the iconic 1960s A-frame form, the architects broke through the envelope of the building to weave a sculptural staircase through the airy three-story structure. A typical A-frame, the house had a spiral staircase splitting down the middle, four dark and cramped bedrooms, a leaky roof, and a cracked pile foundation – not the pristine vacation home that is so often associated with Fire Island Pines.
The poolside sunsets over the Great South Bay were not to be discounted and the potential was there, yet blocking the fantastic view and occupying the heart of the house was the old six-foot diameter steel spiral staircase. The clients wanted the removal of the staircase and were willing to sacrifice a bedroom or two to make it happen.
With the lot coverage at its limit, Bromley Caldari took advantage of a local law that permits bay windows to project a maximum of two feet out from the building envelope. The new staircase would tuck into two large bay windows staggered at different elevations on each side of the house with a catwalk balcony off of the master bedroom to connect the two sides. Weaving from one side to the other as you ascend the three floors, the staircase offers views of the bay framed at each elevation.
On the main level, a double-height living/dining room stretches the length of the window-clad north facade. The open kitchen and house utilities run along the south side. The master bedroom suite features full-height glass sliding doors that take advantage of the view. Although the doors stay mostly open, when guests are present and privacy is required, the sliding glass doors fog up at the flick of a switch.
Under the peak on the third level is a quiet second bedroom and den (that acts as the third bedroom when needed). The two rooms are connected by a walk-through bathroom – a glass shower enclosure on one side and a glass- enclosed powder room on the other. Pocket doors at each end allow for privacy.
Photos: Courtesy of Bromley Caldari Architects
This incredible modern beach house has been designed by West Chin Architects, located in Long Beach, New York. The home features a 26 foot wide, 3-ton airport glass hanger door in the living room that opens to the Atlantic Ocean. The residence is sited on a 60′ wide x 100′ deep corner lot on the Atlantic Ocean is an addition to the fabric of a community which is a city by the sea; an absolutely beautiful dichotomy of nature and man.
This is the first house in the United States to use the environmentally conscious structurally dynamic BBS wood structural panels from Austria. These panels allow a minimal floor slab thickness and large spans, and in the same breadth provides insulation value. The BBS acts as the interior and / or exterior finishes in many cases; this was a warm balance to the vast amount of glass on the facade and the exposed reinforced thermal concrete wall.
The use of a solar panel on the south facing roof will put energy back on the grid during the week, when the house is not in use. And during the weekends it will supplement the electrical needs of this 5,500 square foot house.
At the top of the interior stair one will find the 26’ wide bi-fold garage door that opens up to an unobstructed view of the ocean, beaches and horizon. Every element of this beach home takes advantage of its natural surroundings.
Photos: West Chin Architects