OUT OF THE DARKNESS

OUT OF THE DARKNESS

06/20/2012

The main challenge facing this brownstone stair hall was its lack of natural light and clumsy circulation. With a few key design moves, we were able to open up the space, and provide ample natural daylight to an otherwise somber area typical of century old row houses. The existing stair hall suffered from a lack of natural light and tunnel-like layout. First, the awkwardly-narrow enclosure was removed. Reversing the direction of the staircase facilitated the daily arrival of residents to living spaces on the main floor. The new stair feels more spacious with open risers and a thin, steel railing. Glazed floor panels allow light to filter down from a new skylight 3 stories above. Partner in Charge: Brendan Coburn Project Architect: Janelle Gunther Project Team: Jean-Luc Torchon (posted by) Contractor: Pilaster Inc.

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“BUILDING” IN BOERUM HILL

“BUILDING” IN BOERUM HILL

06/14/2012

The stairs at this 4-story row house in Boerum Hill had to be refurbished and the original railing had been replaced during a previous renovation. To replicate the original detailing with a winding wooden handrail would have forced the Owner to sacrifice in other areas. They needed an option that would showcase the stair while being relatively inexpensive. CWB came up with a sculptural steel and walnut railing extending from the top of the stairs to the entry hall at the parlor level. These snapshots show the early stages of installation. At the 2nd floor, an old fireplace gets a modern face-lift in the new family room. This custom mantel incorporates storage and functionality with an L-shaped hearth stone, currently hidden to protect it during construction. The fireplace surround will be surfaced with a Venetian Plaster finish. Project Architect: Brian Hagood Project Team: Rachael Stollar (& photos taken by) Contractor: E.L. Contracting

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BROOKLYN NAVY YARD GALA CELEBRATION

BROOKLYN NAVY YARD GALA CELEBRATION

05/31/2012

CWB’ers Brendan, Janelle, Jesse and Brian outside the Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 92 Gala Celebration.    

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

03/29/2012

Here is a sneak peak at some projects currently under construction: Atlantic Theater on 20th Street in Manhattan Cumberland Packing Offices [makers of Sweet’N Low] photographs by Rachael Stollar of CWB Architects

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WELCOMING A NEW YEAR!

WELCOMING A NEW YEAR!

01/05/2012

Every year our holiday card generates a frenzy of brainstorming and allows us to design something that shares our fun side with our friends and family outside the office. This year’s card grew from a passing suggestion at the end of the work day: “What about a box of chocolates?” One of our fellow office occupants, artist/writer Rebecca Bazell, helped bring this idea to life and we were psyched with the results! The “box” design was based on the classic Whitman’s Sampler chocolate box. Each team member was asked to come up with their own chocolate candy name. Some of the highlights were Curmudgeon Crunch Ward, Sensational Peppermint Jesse, and Tug Boat Taffy Brendan. Along with sending out a little holiday cheer, we shared a little bubbly to celebrate the end of 2011 together in the office before heading out to our annual bowling party at The Gutter in Williamsburg. The CWB team also extended their gratitude to the firm partners for all their hard work with some office-banter related gifts. We had a great 2011 and are excited about a productive New Year!

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A BUSY YEAR

A BUSY YEAR

11/01/2011

It’s been a busy year so far here at CWB Architects with the start of many new projects over the summer and official name changing upgrades. The whole office took a break to enjoy the newly complete Jane’s Carousel down at Brooklyn Bridge Park and have their portraits taken for the new firm website. Doubling as the firm photographer, Rachael Stollar labored over getting just the right shots to represent our awesome team! Part of enjoying the waterfront is catching a glimpse of the stunning maritime activity on the East River.

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