Duane Street Duplex is a stunning contemporary home renovation completed by architecture studio wUNDERground, located in the heart of TriBeCa, New York. The family home is comprised of two adjacent three bedroom apartments boasting stunning 18 foot arched windows and serene park views. The downtown family purchased the apartments amid a developer’s building renovation.
To synthesize 4,200 square feet of real estate, the spaces were rescaled and modified to create a custom loft home. Fixtures, finishes, and details were all altered from the developer’s standard to accommodate the owners’ modern tastes.
We worked on site with the developer’s builders to incorporate the primary changes, then engaged specialty contractors to complete the space. We dedicated extensive attention to resolving all of the unique conditions resulting from the exposed irregular structural grid and complex conversion infrastructure.
After multiple stages of renovation, this unique loft evolved into a truly stunning modern home, complete with custom millwork, centralized control systems, and specialty details throughout.
wUNDERground is a Brooklyn-based, design architecture studio specializing in private homes and distinctive commercial, restaurant, and retail interiors in the New York City area.
The studio approaches every project from a design perspective without losing site of sensible, practical problem solving. Our explorations often result in radically rethinking existing plans and the way they are used. We strive to achieve design focus and visual clarity by curating existing architectural elements, spatial characteristics, and client possessions and supporting them in an appropriately scaled and detailed context of a generally modern, refined, contemporary aesthetic
Photos: Courtesy of wUNDERground
State Street Townhouse was designed in 2012 as a typical American family house but in an urban context by Ben Hansen Architect, located in Brooklyn, New York. This stunning four-story contemporary townhouse is comprised of 3,444 square feet (320 square meters) of living space, designed with specific family needs.
In many ways, the historic New York City townhouse is not compatible with a contemporary family’s way of life. The first and most important concept was to reinterpret the classic townhouse but customize it to the client’s request of having a join family space at the parlor level, where members of the family move fluidly between the kitchen, dining and living rooms; and have a visual and program connection with the rear courtyard; another interpretation of the typical American family house but in an urban context.
The rest of the floor levels were strictly defined by their own program and vertical circulations, allowing the most efficient way of space planning; and having as much natural light and ventilation as possible, especially in the core of the floor plate, which in the majority of historic townhouses are dark and unpleasant spaces.
While the design of the building is unquestionably contemporary, it relates to its classic NYC context as an abstract reinterpretation of the classic Brownstone Townhouse, from the materiality to the alignment of the facade elements. The front facade is pushed in and out to align with the neighboring building and the used of the classic steel and brick but with a strong contemporary language, that it’s consistent throughout the entire building, stands out in its immediate context.
The design of the exterior areas of the house were as important as the interiors, as a couple with 3 kids, the client needed to have as much patio area as possible, from playground areas in the ground floor, to more private and serene balconies, to a orchard roof deck, and all these landscape program needed to be harmoniously connected with their correspondent interior spaces.
Built in 1846, this posh, newly refreshed Greenwich Village townhouse at 20 East 10th Street is listed for sale, the home of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, located in Greenwich Village, New York. At 25 feet wide and six stories tall, the 6,800 square foot single family townhouse with 7 fireplaces is the architectural and historical embodiment of pristine New York luxury living.
Spotted on Douglas Elliman, this stunning townhouse is listed at $22,000,000, from here.
The Parlor Floor introduces itself with a gray Barr flagstone entry, 12 foot ceilings, twin fireplaces, dentil molding, original mantle, and a Juliet balcony (from which one can access the beautifully landscaped Garden). Light gushes through the floor-to-ceiling double-paned mahogany windows in the formal dining room, which is connected to the living room by a gorgeously molded framed entry.
The Garden Floor is outfitted with a Boffi stainless steel and rich walnut eat-in kitchen, bookend marble wall fireplace, Boffi shelving and storage units, with off-kitchen access to the south-facing, split level Garden.
The Guest Floor features three bedrooms, the largest of which has an exquisite en suite marble bath, separate sitting / office area, and Victorian fireplace. The two smaller bedrooms are perfectly appointed as guest or child’s bedrooms, and also feature an en suite bath. A generous linen closet is also located herein.
The Master Floor is beautifully proportioned as an elegant retreat, complete with 25′ x 12′ private terrace, an imported stone fireplace, a hand-carved stone ovular tub, antique tiles, separate sinks, shower room, water closet, and windowed walk-in. The master bath also has its own fireplace.
The Family Floor is illuminated by two oversized skylights. 50′ long bookcases, a separate built-in entertainment system, small windowed office with storage closet, and limestone / mosaic half-bath.
The house comes with five-zone HVAC system, state of the art NEST thermostats, Lutron Maestro dimmers with LED displays, a modern water-based fire suppression system, air cleaning and humidification system, seven working fireplaces, and Arnold Chan designed lighting.
One Beacon Court is a modern Central Park Condo, located in one of Manhattan’s most luxurious condominium residences, the Bloomberg Tower. Designed by local interior designer and painter, Tara Benet, the condo offers sweeping views of New York City. With large expanses of windows, the mostly white interiors are flooded with natural light, giving an open and airy feel. Benet worked with art advisor Kati Lovaas to fill the space with emerging art that pops against the white walls.
Pairing a calacatta marble dining table with leather chairs from Poliform on top of a neutral rug from ABC Carpet & Home creates a neutral environment for the artwork that’s featured in the dining room. The large green “X” is from Philippe Decrauzat and the iron sculpture that hangs is by Valentin Carron, both of which add visual interest into the space.
The white sofa is accented with dark gray and black pillows providing a nice contrast. The dark wood floors also set the tone for the entire apartment making white the perfect choice for the walls and ceilings.
The massive modular book shelf, also from Poliform, features gray cubbies helping to break up the white.
The living room is complete with the placement of an Arco lamp from Flos.
The painting is by Gardar Eide Einarsson and the white marble credenza below is from Cassina.
In the kitchen, a Knoll Saarinen dining table is partnered with Cassina Philippe Starck 245 Caprice chairs.
Photos: Marili Forastieri
Chelsea townhouse is a three story contemporary renovation with a garden extension completed in 2011 by architecture studio Archi-Tectonics, located in Chelsea, New York. The existing 3,400 square foot brownstone townhouse is a New York landmark. The existing structure was gut-renovated and a 550 square foot garden extension was added to two floors and a roof terrace. The client, a fashion designer, was interested in a ‘textured’ and layered approach.
The new rear extension is conceived as a light airy space which creates a filter to the garden space beyond, adding more light and better views. The new garden facade is a 3d folded steel and glass structure with reclaimed tropical palisander infill. It extends the library on the garden level, the living room on the parlor floor and creates a terrace for the master bedroom area above.
The interior of the townhouse is gut-renovated; the top floor is raised, the garden floor is lowered and a completely new wood and glass staircase with a skylight is inserted, lighting the stair space all the way down. Large sets of sliding doors at the living/ entry and bedroom/bathroom areas are creating flexible use of space; these doors are 3d CNC milled with wood and glass patterns.
Photos: Richard Powers
Shelter Island House is a waterfront property that has been designed by Michael Haverland Architect, located on almost four acres on the highest point on Shelter Island, New York. After careful analysis, the existing beach cottage was retained to be “green” and not wasteful.
The 3,400 square foot addition is modern yet contextual, composed of two simple volumes with traditional pitched roofs, mirroring the angles of the existing house roof. Large walls of glass and simple planes of stucco are juxtaposed in a modern composition. Steel casement windows and doors have mullions and panes that are the same proportion as the existing house, but significantly larger to capture the magnificent views.
The living room volume faces north, to the North Fork and Connecticut, and the master bedroom and guest suite volume shifts to the northwest to capture sunset views, providing separation and privacy from the rest of the house and outdoor spaces. A foyer connects the old and new with a flat roof and deck above. The existing house is reconfigured to include a larger kitchen, proper dining room, porch with breakfast seating and four bedrooms.
The eclectic interiors include significant pieces that are colorful and bright and comfortable but elegant at the same time. The outdoor dining table and chairs, pine banquette and lounge and other furniture was custom designed.
Photos: Laurie Lambrecht
We just received photos of this Greenwich Street penthouse loft project, a former warehouse transformed by Turett Collaborative Architects into a live-work space, located in Manhattan, New York. The warehouse offered the architects the opportunity to blend modern New York with its historic past. The spacious open floor plan had originally been used as a painter’s studio. Except for a small kitchenette and bathroom, the bare, open penthouse loft revealed exposed brick walls and a topography of ceiling joists supporting the roof above. The space offered an abundant amount of light thanks to both western and southern exposures flooding into the interior.
The raw and open space allowed the architects to create discreet zones within a larger space. The architects worked closely with the clients, bringing a thoughtfully designed, handcrafted living and work environment tailored to an expanding TriBeCa family.
Access to the upper living spaces is provided by a custom blackened steel and oak ship’s ladder that sits discretely off the main foyer entry giving the couple the opportunity to go straight to work without ever disturbing the continuity of private life in the spaces below. The soaring 17-foot ceilings, abundance of wood-framed windows, and custom Arrigoni wide-plank Bavarian oak floors envelope a vast and open entertaining expanse.
At the south end of the loft is a two story glass and steel wall that allows light to flood into the loft from the south, while defining the master bedroom suite in its own separate wing. A split bedroom layout offers two bedrooms at each end, with the master suite commanding an enormous dressing room/closet and equally huge private bath.
The suite is composed of both a double height master bedroom and den which can be used simultaneously when the door between them is opened. A custom blackened steel surround on the bedroom side includes a sliding panel when privacy is desired. When required, curtains along the glass wall in both the master bedroom and den can be drawn to allow for complete and total privacy.
One end of the dining room features a 6 foot long gas fireplace while the other is anchored by a built in piece of millwork that acts both as a credenza for storage of plates and linens on one side, and an a/v cabinet on the other with a concealed TV that can be raised with the touch of a button. A structural glass skylight directly above the dining area floods the room with additional light from the outdoor terrace above.
It was the client’s desire that the kitchen be the heart of the space. Cooking and entertaining for family and friends is an integral part of the client’s private life. As such, the kitchen island is center stage and a central monitoring point for a growing family of four. The dining room, and living room spaces are immediately adjacent to the kitchen.
Designed in conjunction with Poliform of Italy, the white acrylic cabinet surfaces, calacatta marble counters and sleek Gaggenau appliances provide the backdrop to the act and art of cooking, one of our client’s passions. Small touches like the custom calacatta chevron mossaic backsplash and concealed outlets that pop up from the main kitchen countertop island add distinctly personal touches.
A glass sided rooftop pavilion brings light and connectivity into the inner reaches of the living space below. Surrounding the pavilion is an amazing 1500 square foot outdoor terrace. The pavilion helps to partition the space off into four discrete zones: an outdoor living room, formal dining area, sunbathing deck and outdoor kitchen and bar. Custom built and fully landscaped, this outdoor oasis features Ipe wood decking, a custom Wolf stainless steel BBQ, full kitchen, and irrigated Ipe planters bursting with lush plantings – oh, and magnificent views of both the city and Hudson River.
Both the glass structural skylight above the dining room and the glass and steel pavilion transmit soft, glowing light from the interior space below.
More generous ceiling heights above the two bedroom cores created an opportunity for two home offices. These upper spaces are encircled by starfire frosted glass guardrails allowing walls below to blend seamlessly with the glass above.
TCA was commissioned to custom design each of their work stations. Each desk is comprised of a tapered blackened steel tube base with cantilever arms that support the desktop surface, hovering above, on pins located at the end of each arm. To add to the sense of lightness the desktop surface, made of lacquered mdf, is beveled back to reveal an imperceptibly thin edge.
Duravit sinks, luxurious marble baths with radiant heat floors, steam showers and deep soaking tubs create spa-like bathrooms.
The closet acts as a buffer space between the master bedroom and bath whose walls are entirely clad in slabs of Calacatta marble. The tub is the centerpiece of the bath with a waterfall tub filler emerging from the enclosing stone walls. Immediately next to the tub is a wall of glass which conceals the private toilet compartment and a steam shower with an integrated stone bench. The floor and wall niches in the wet areas features the same custom Calacatta chevron marble found at the kitchen backsplash. A custom oak vanity and mirror wall with integral cove lighting completes the spa like experience.
Photos: Courtesy of Turett Collaborative Architects
Bridge Loft II is a spacious two storey industrial penthouse loft with trendy glamor, located in the DUMBO district of Brooklyn, New York. This residence offers two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a rooftop terrace with a garden to enjoy the spectacular city views and plenty of amenities. If you would like to stay here, the home sleeps 4-6 people, with a minimum stay of five nights, from here.
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Brooklyn may have transformed its industrial hide for a newer and trendier outfit, but down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass – that’s “DUMBO,” if you please – things haven’t gone soft. In Water Street, two bedroom and two and-a-half bathrooms inject a craft polish into this an aesthetic composed of cement on steel, soaring ceilings, and two stacked storeys of wide-eyed windows announcing an unmistakeable industrial loft legacy. Industrial, spacious, but with trendy glamor Water Street is adorned with plush furnishings, hide throws, and fine art fixtures that speak to an attentive, hand-moulded sweetness – a homage to craft, hand-made sensibility and the eclectic flair of artsy DUMBO. Space is no object here – peer out over sweeping vistas of the East River and twinkling Manhattan beyond to see for yourself.
Your hosts are a family of inventive New York City natives, trailblazers of industries both aural and spatial. Long-time residents and lovers of DUMBO in particular, over the years they’ve labored to shape a cozy and distinctive home here in Brooklyn’s creative boiler room.
Elevator doors part to deliver you directly into penthouse-level Water Street, a well-oiled machine fueled on the eclectic. Two storeys’-worth of picture windows soar unobstructed in places, making for an airy, atrial feel. Cool your engines on the lower of the two floors, where the sage- and smoke-grey kitchen, living room, and dining room come together in a loosely woven warp and weft. Sprawl at shift’s end on the sun-warmed Dunbar sofa, or feast like a steel baron by the city lights (or the light of a modern, smoked glass chandelier). Shift gears to the second floor, where a cozy, coal-colored den is stocked with books and arresting, changeable vistas – all the raw materials necessary to fire up a dreamy diversion. At quitting time, dust off the city in the steel and stone master washroom before retiring to your minimal, steam-grey master bedroom – with its private terrace, it’s also a port to the open air and the perfect post for a master overseer to observe the whirr of metropolitan gears.
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DUMBO is the beating heart of Brooklyn’s creative industry. A powerhouse of art and design, it’s coveted for its surprisingly quaint cobblestone streets, landscaped promenades, and proximity to Manhattan (it doesn’t get any closer than this). Take a stroll over the Brooklyn Bridge – it’s an easy jaunt into the city, and the views en route are finest in this direction. If you prefer quicker carriage, the High Street A and C lines, and the F at York Street, will deliver you to your destination in a wink.
This Tribeca Loft project encompasses a complete modern renovation of a 10th story loft by architect Aaron Schump, located in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City. Extensive glazing on three facades presented a unique design challenge for this project.
A bar of walnut housing the kitchen and service areas organizes the plan. Bedrooms were pushed to the south and west, leaving the north-west corner free for entreating and unobstructed views of the Hudson river. Aaron Schump served as project manager at SPaN overseeing the entire project from design to construction administration.
AS//A is an architecture, urban design and research studio operating at the intersection of civic and ecological systems, urban and rural environments, and digital and physical processes. We explore the complexity of these relationships through a rigorous and collaborative design process aimed at uncovering the specifics of place, culture and materials to create buildings that are environmentally and culturally responsive. Focused on crafting value at multiple scales, we aim to achieve maximum aesthetic and social influence while employing minimum economic and environmental impact. We believe that well crafted spaces can positively affect our quality of life by creating sustainable places to live, work and play while maintaining respect for people, cities, and nature.
Photos: Courtesy of Aaron Schump
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