New York, NY
Located in the landmark historical district of Greenwich Village, this five-floor townhouse conveys a simple elegance that is architecturally grand, yet remains very much a home in feeling and function. For the renovation we excavated a new cellar, extended the rear wall of the house, completely rebuilt the rear façade with all new openings, added a steel and glass greenhouse dining room, rebuilt the penthouse, decks and rear skylights, and put in all landmark-approved windows on the front and rear façades.
Working closely with our European clients and considering every detail, we created a townhouse that reflects and accommodates their life style. Our design for the parlor floor provided an openness and scale that are unusual in a townhouse and allowed us to create an urban great room with 11’ foot ceilings, a spacious living area that flows into the kitchen, 10’ high windows and a greenhouse dining area that opens onto the rear garden. A two-story high steel and wood bookcase connects the parlor floor to the second floor and master suite. The children’s rooms occupy the third floor. The penthouse, which we transformed into a highly customized sanctuary for the client, an author who works at home, has decks on the front and rear of the house. The basement, which opens on the garden, has guest quarters for visiting family, a media room and a kitchenette.
Robert Silman Associates
Consulting engineer (MEP)