New York City Townhouse

I am presently working on a townhouse in New York City,  in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.  It is a modern prefab so it has a whole set of issues that need to be addressed to meet NYC code.  The townhouse I am showing you here had its own issues, that of being located on a block that was part of the Upper East Side Historic District and save for our house every other building was designated a Historic Landmark.  This made the process of renovating and enlarging the existing house rather difficult to say the least.  To create a new unified street front for the old house, which happened to be an assemblage of multiple additions, we created a translucent veil like new facade with a series of sun porches behind it.  The new facade/sun porch acts as both a visual and environmental protector to the home.  By visual I mean it allowed for very private spaces like a bathroom and dressing room to be located on the street side of the house and it recreated the street front of the block.  Environmental because by creating an interstitial space between the interior rooms and the city outside it helped reduce noise, tempered the climate by shielding the summer sun and keep winter wind and cold of the building proper while still allowing for lots of daylight to reach the living space.

As part of the design process we also had the opportunity to create lots of pieces of custom furniture.  Some of them are visible in the attached photos, among them are the aluminum dining table in the family room, the main dining table and chairs along with the chandelier above it and the coffee table and side table in the family room.  Stairs are intrinsically part of every vertical house and this case was no different.  We designed two new stairs fas part of this renovation.  One leads from the garden level to the main living room on the second floor and the other connects the master bedroom floor and the associated his and hers studies and the gym on the floor above.  This stair became a library which is lined with the owner extensive collection of books.

I am presently working on a city dwelling in New York City,  in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.  It is a modern prefab so it has a whole set of issues that need to be addressed to meet NYC code.  The townhouse I am showing you here had its own issues, that of being located on a block that was part of the Upper East Side Historic District and save for our house every other building was designated a Historic Landmark.  This made the process of renovating and enlarging the existing house rather difficult to say the least.  To create a new unified street front for the old house, which happened to be an assemblage of multiple additions, we created a translucent veil like new facade with a series of sun porches behind it.  The new facade/sun porch acts a both a visual and environmental protector to the home.  By visual I mean it allowed for very private spaces like a bathroom and dressing room to be located on the street side of the house and it recreated the street front of the block.  Environmental because by creating an interstitial space between the interior rooms and the city outside it helped reduce noise, tempered the climate by shielding the summer sun and keeping winter winds and cold of the building proper while still allowing for lots of daylight to reach the living space.

As part of the design process we also had the opportunity to create lots of pieces of custom furniture.  Some of them are visible in the attached photos, among them are the aluminum ding table in the family room, the dining table and chairs along with the chandelier above it, the coffee table and side table in the family room.  Stairs are intrinsically part of very vertical house and this case was no different.  We designed to new stairs for the house.  One leads from the garden level to the main living room on the second floor and the other connects the master bedroom floor and the associated studies and gym on the floor above.  This stair became a library which is lined with the owner extensive collection of books.

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About studiokiss

I am an architect interested in creative ideas from divers sources. Through my professional practice, Studio Kiss, I work on commercial and residential projects. I am also the founder of ASAP•house a manufacturer of modern prefab houses.

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