The “Fred” is a new four-story, three-unit boutique condominium building in Carroll Gardens. This recently constructed project was conceived by a team of local real estate professionals invested in making a beneficial impact in their community. As a lifelong resident of the neighborhood and an expert in creating modern homes in historic Brooklyn districts, the architect was the perfect match to design an innovative yet respectful addition to the town house fabric of the area. The client’s goals prioritized mindful design and quality materials so that the building’s aesthetic and its structure remain current. The architect brought these goals to life through careful space planning that maximized the synchronization of form and function, as well as thoughtful research, high quality systems and – where possible - locally designed and manufactured systems and hardware. Because this was a new construction, the architect took advantage of the ability to custom design all the spaces, maximizing their functionality.
The condominiums consist of a duplex eco-penthouse, a two-bedroom floor-through, and a garden duplex. While the units share the same palette of distinctive design elements, each unit maintains its own unique personality. The cabinetry, staircases, handrail and screen details were custom designed and fabricated by local craftsmen. Each unit enjoys at least one outdoor space. At the front façade, stainless steel window screens (designed and manufactured locally in a traditional Japanese wave pattern) provide a degree of privacy and sun shading. The building seeks to enhance and engage the occupants’ connection to the environment; a solar array at the roof powers the eco penthouse, and the garden duplex has a backyard landscaped with perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees reminiscent of nearby Brooklyn Bridge Park.