NATALIA CASTRO PUBLISHED IN ARCH DAILY BRASIL

NATALIA CASTRO PUBLISHED IN ARCH DAILY BRASIL

02/07/2019

Natalia Castro, our Project Intern, was recently published in Arch Daily Brasil for her thesis project. “A not-out way out - Heritage as an escape valve” was chosen as one of the 30 best thesis projects in all of Brasil and Portugal for the year of 2018. Natalia's project delves into the social layers of history and nuance, public and private, permanence and ephemerality. By stripping away the superfluous parts of Rio de Janeiro's central buildings Natalia exposes their spatial and structural relationships. She excavates their lines, symmetry and asymmetry, displaying them through the lens of the present. To see her full collection of drawings and renderings, click here. The full translation of Natalia's submission is below. "The surrounding area at the block between Teatro’s Street and Sete de Setembro Street as a paradigm of an obstacle: in the old limit place of the city, there are indisputable situations: the ‘Cultural Corridor’ project is undeniable, the great equipments, limits of lots, of the blocks, of the squares, equally incontestable. How to start from the production of a contemporary architectural layer that discusses these issues and that mediates the relations between what is public and what is private, what is permanent and what is ephemeral, what is "reality" and what is fiction? I propose in this work a re-reading of the form preserved in the Center of Rio de Janeiro, leaving aside the aesthetics of facades and roofs and paying more attention to their alignments, their rhythms, the narrow and deep proportion of their lots, the lower scale and its homogeneous materiality. As in an archaeological process, where the main operation is the excavation, here the discussion revolves around the revelation of the constructive dimension and the spatial production of the territory, revisiting the patrimony through crossings of the present, and thus providing subsidies for new aesthetic, political, social and cultural perspectives."

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NATALIA CASTRO PUBLISHED IN ARCH DAILY BRASIL
CARROLL GARDENS WHIMSY ON THE MARKET

CARROLL GARDENS WHIMSY ON THE MARKET

01/24/2019

A CWB designed, gut renovated, five-story single family row house in Carroll Gardens is currently on the market. Completed in 2012, the home was updated to include an elevator, double height space on the garden level, and added bulk to the rear and roof. Brownstoner’s writer Cate Corcoran describes it perfectly; with an extra dose of “character and an element of surprise,” this row house showcases how specialized a house can become with the right level of imagination and ambition combined with a uniquely collaborative effort between the architect, client, and designer. We restored and re-fabricated some of the original flooring, millwork, doors and mirrors, and completely modernized the rest of the residence. This home is expansive and offers a vast array of amenities ranging from wood-burning fireplace and terrace to steam room and movie lounge. To read the full article and see the listing, click here.

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THE COBBLE HILL HOUSE IN THE PRESS

THE COBBLE HILL HOUSE IN THE PRESS

10/31/2018

Our newest development has been featured in The New York Times and Real Estate Weekly. Our design for this luxury condominium building in Cobble Hill provides the neighborhood with a dynamic series of residences. The facade was strategically crafted to sweep the noise pollution from the adjacent BQE up and away, creating quiet, light-filled oases. Boasting 27 one, two and three-bedroom condos, the building also houses a fitness center and a children's playroom. All of the units enjoy white oak herringbone floors, Carrara marble kitchen countertops, and Gaggenau appliances, and most of the units reveal stunning views of the East River and Lower Manhattan. If you are interested in taking a look, please click here.

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SARANY Award to Bark and Co.

SARANY Award to Bark and Co.

08/01/2018

CWB's design for the Bark and Co. office won a Merit Award from SARANY. Playing off an existing renovation of Bark’s main floor, CWB considered the client’s desire for Scandinavian design and tight budget when customizing their newly expanded office. The renovation was part of a master plan that CWB developed at the outset for this growing company, considering how future expansion would integrate with existing infrastructure. Bark began with a focus on the dog owner who feels that "dogs aren't pets; they're family,” recently developing several branches of the business including monthly product box subscriptions, outreach for pet adoption, dog-friendly live events, and a related media outlet. Leah Solk, the Project Manager for the renovation and master plan, received the award at SARANY's ceremony.

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CWB OFFICE WINS AIA BQDA AWARD

CWB OFFICE WINS AIA BQDA AWARD

05/15/2018

We are excited to announce that our office space has won the Award of Merit in the Local Firm/Local Project Category in this year's Brooklyn + Queens Design Awards, run by the AIA. As a growing architecture firm, when we relocated our office we seized the opportunity to create not just a workplace for us, but also a hub for Brooklyn creatives. We artfully designed an office space that accommodates an open plan for our designers, office alcoves for sub-tenants, conference rooms for private meetings, and a kitchen for communal meals and conversing across the many disciplines that inhabit our workplace. We are proud to house ten small Brooklyn businesses, totaling a collective of 40 individuals sharing space and ideas throughout our workdays.

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