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NYC x Design Award for West Village Development

NYC x Design Award for West Village Development

06/24/2019

Our West Village Development was an honoree in this year’s NYC x Design Awards. This landmarked Italianate style row house, originally built in 1857, is part of the Greenwich Village Historic District, Extension II. The building had a former life as a manufacturing building and later as a multi-family residence before it was purchased by a local developer. The newly renovated 8,200 sf single-family home incorporates several unique features including a private garage, terrarium, stepped terraces at the rear façade on each floor, sauna, and a private elevator. The front façade was completely rebuilt with brick at the upper floors and a steel-clad base at the street level. The new thermally broken steel windows on both the front and rear facades add a modern touch while the overall face of the building remains integral to the neighboring historic fabric.

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Published: Cobble Hill Row House & Carriage House

Published: Cobble Hill Row House & Carriage House

06/24/2019

Our Cobble Hill Row House & Carriage House project was recently published in Brownstoner's The Insider. Writer Cara Greenberg explores how the traditional and modern aspects of the design complement each other. Although the exterior is contextual with its landmarked 19th century neighborhood, the facade design details display a more modernist vocabulary, especially evident in the two projecting steel bay windows. The linear geometry of the facade is repeated on the interior with the modern detailing of the millwork, horizontal wood slats on the walls, and a modern stair. You can read the entire article here.    

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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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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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