WELCOME TO THE MODEL SHOP

WELCOME TO THE MODEL SHOP

01/12/2013

As an integral part of the architectural practice, scale models can help not only convey a design but also the personality of the design firm.  Each model we create begins with a specific purpose that continues to expand over the lifespan of a project. This large scale study model of a proposed stair was built to highlight the details and connections between the treads, risers, and railing which will be a combination of wood and steel.  It ultimately allowed the client to make a quick decision about the design. We often play with revealing and concealing, expressing the building’s envelope and interior spaces simultaneously.   Interchangeable sections narrow down the details of a specific portion and save time. While not every project requires a model, our model team does an amazing job transforming 2D designs into 3D physical reality.

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WHAT’S NEW

WHAT’S NEW

01/08/2013

A new project was recently added to our Bits & Pieces section: Brooklyn Heights Federal.  Its already getting some press on local blogs given its previous celebrity status when it was featured in the Cohen Brothers’ film, Burn After Reading. Check out the articles on ny.curbed.com and the Brooklyn Heights blog.

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TRIP TO BUG ACRES

TRIP TO BUG ACRES

11/19/2012

Our in-house photographer, Rachael Stollar, recently took a trip to Woodstock, NY to photograph this recently completed project.  Captured just before the end of the fall season, these images give an indication of how the house is already starting to blend with its natural surrounds.  Check out the full set of project photos here: Bug Acres.

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NYTIMES ARTICLE: THE BROWNSTONE REVISIONISTS

NYTIMES ARTICLE: THE BROWNSTONE REVISIONISTS

11/12/2012

CWB was featured in an article about current brownstone renovations in Brooklyn and how the process has evolved since the early ’70s.  Our own restoration project, Carroll Gardens Comeback, was featured as an example of a modern brownstone reno.  Check out the article here.

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THE BROWNSTONE RUNDOWN: STREETEASY

THE BROWNSTONE RUNDOWN: STREETEASY

10/31/2012

The last installation of the “spotlight on masonry” articles that Brendan wrote up for streeteasy.com has been posted.  Check it out, along with the previous two articles: Greek Revival & Italianate Rowhouse.

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STREETEASY: THE BROWNSTONE RUNDOWN

STREETEASY: THE BROWNSTONE RUNDOWN

10/23/2012

Looking to advance their “Own Your Home” blog, Street Easy asked Brendan Coburn to contribute a series of articles highlighting Brooklyn’s brownstone row houses. Brownstone renovations are an essential part of what we do here at CWB, each new project presenting its own unique blend of issues.

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FINISHING TOUCHES

FINISHING TOUCHES

08/07/2012

Some finishing touches happening in Woodstock, NY.  This sculptural fixture is a Lindsay Adelman glass globe chandelier that will hang over a custom white oak dining table with a blackened steel base.

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AFTER THE STORM

AFTER THE STORM

07/05/2012

Restoring the facade of this Brooklyn Heights row house was not originally part of this renovation.  Nature, however, had other plans.  During Hurricane Irene in 2011, a large (and notably historic) American elm tree fell onto the facade, creating significant damage to the existing asbestos clapboard siding.  The Owner was forced to explore options for new siding and finally decided upon historically appropriate wood clapboard through the direction of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.  The final result has given the house an enhanced presence on the street, re-establishing its historical origins. BEFORE and... ... AFTER AFTER photographs by Aviad Barness Partner in Charge: Brendan Coburn Project Architect: Brian Hagood Contractor: Creative Renovations

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