Located in historic Greenwich Village, this extensive reconstruction of a 1840s West Village townhouse by BWArchitects fuses past and present into a new, sophisticated home. The 4,000 square foot project is also the first townhouse in Greenwich Village to earn a LEED for Homes Gold rating.
Striking a balance between historic and modern guides all aspects of design in this reinvigorated Greek Revival townhouse. Steel and glass windows line the basement and parlor floors’ South facades, drawing in natural light and air from the garden. Daylight is also funneled through the home via a skylight-topped 4-story open staircase. Industrial details of structural steel and and an exposed manually-geared hardware operate a pivoting glass and steel Penthouse wall.
Traditional details are found throughout the interiors with baseboards, moldings, and casing around the doors—familiar prewar details—all slightly streamlined. Even the fireplace that fits in seamlessly is actually based on an English original amped up in drawings and digitally carved from limestone.
To reduce the project’s carbon footprint, wood flooring was reclaimed from a barn in Tennessee, and Soapstone countertops were harvested from a Vermont quarry. With an array of other energy-and waste-saving strategies, including Low-VOC paints and finishes and highly efficient heating and cooling systems, the townhouse is one of just 6 single family homes to become certified by the US Green Building Council in New York City.
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This renovated four story brick townhouse has been designed by Turett Collaborative Architects, located on East 61st Street in the Upper East Side of New York. In the redesign of this 100 year old 4,500 square foot townhouse, the interior and back walls were removed and reconstructed; now, a large airy skylight above the staircase in the midsection of the house floods every room with natural light.
Expanding livable space appealing to modern aesthetics is a primary design challenge in townhouse renovation. In our renovation of this 61st street townhouse, the interior and rear walls were removed and reconstructed. With floor-to-ceiling windows and skylight, natural light now floods every room.
The beauty of this townhouse is in the simplicity of its design, and in the use of natural materials to enhance it. Stone, steel, travertine and fiber-cement panels are used extensively on the exterior, while frosted glass, white stained maple, and polished steel adorn the new interior. The clear spatial configuration, innovative glass addition, use of natural materials and attention to neighborhood integrity, work in harmony to redefine a modern townhouse.
The townhouse garnered national attention when it was used as the on-camera contestants’ residence for Bravo’s “Make Me a Supermodel.”
Townhouse Design Tip
Townhouses are often defined by a narrow width with multiple floors. Stair design demands design creativity and innovation to make optimal use of space and to amplify a sense of opens. Consider 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.
Photos: Courtesy of Turett Collaborative Architects
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
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