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Lincoln Towers Combination

With Maggie Rosenblatt Design
Apartment Combination
New York, New York
Photograph: Kirsten Francis

by Esther Sperber

Studio ST Architects Lincoln Towers Living Room

This home was designed for a recently married older couple who had separate homes filled with lifelong possessions and different aesthetic styles. The newly renovated space transforms three units into a spacious, light-filled modern apartment with an efficient and open circulation. The cohesive design combines the downtown loft, artistic sensibility of one partner, with the utilitarian taste of the other. A natural, muted palette including off-white, green and taupe act as a clean backdrop for the owner’s eclectic, stylish furniture and art collection. Wood floors and white oak millwork envelop the space with warmth, and different types of marble elegantly […]

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Jones Street Apartments

with JMA Architects
Residential Multifamily
Jersey City, NJ

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36 Jones Street is a boutique multifamily, mixed-use building in Jersey City. The 22,000 sq. ft. apartment building includes a street facing commercial space, 8 three-bedroom apartments and two one bedroom garden ADA accessible units. The building is envisioned to create not only individual homes but also a sense of community for the families and young professionals in the building.  Each apartment has an outdoor terrace and access to the building amenities including a gym, party room, roof garden, bike room and storage units. The building’s exterior is clad with metallic, gray, bricks and wood paneled balconies, and is animated […]

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MicroPolis

Microhousing Competition Entry
New York, NY
Design: Studio-ST Architects

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In February, while the Covid-19 pandemic was silently raging through New York City, I wrote an Op Ed. responding to a court decision that revoked the building permit for the top 20 floors of a Manhattan luxury condominium because it used Jerrymandering style tax lot assembly tactics to justify the request for a very tall building. I suggested that we should not waste these already built floors but rather use them for affordable housing. New York City is home to diverse communities that create a vibrant, urban landscape. But the pandemic revealed that the city is more divided than we […]

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Skokie Valley Synagogue

With Auerbach Architects
Synagogue Renovation
Skokie, IL,
Ark and Judaica by Amy Reichert Design

by Esther Sperber

In late 2019 we were engaged to prepare preliminary plans for the renovation of a 1960 synagogue in Skokie Illinois. We were surprised and excited when at the start of the coronavirus pandemic the clients told us they received a substantial donation to renovate the sanctuary and bathrooms as the first phase of the synagogue renovation. The renovated sanctuary will transform the existing space while maintaining the same number of seats. The seating will be reoriented toward the east, to follow the traditional Jewish direction of prayer towards Jerusalem. The new layout will bring the Chazan (the prayer leader) into […]

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14th Street Y

with Z-A Studio
Community Center
New York, New York
Photography: Bilyana Dimitrova

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The renovated 14 Street Y celebrates the diversity of its multi-generational, multi-ethnic membership. The ground floor program of lobby, fitness center, locker rooms, offices, showers and pool was reorganized as a series of parallel bands, each with its own identity. As members move through the different bands, they experience the simultaneous happenings that animate the building. By using off-the-shelf materials in unconventional ways, the designers created a unique design within a limited budget. Fields of fluorescent light fixtures of different sizes redraw the ceiling, while bands of colored tiles reconfigure the floor plane. The new entrance lobby has a custom […]

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535 WEA

Apartment Renovation
New York, New York
Photography: Bilyana Dimitrova

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Combining the best of a comfortable suburban home with the sophistication and location of a city apartment, this 6,700-square-foot, full floor, gut renovations is the perfect house in the city. The generous foyer, kitchen, dining room, living room and family room are designed for hosting functions and fundraisers. On the other side of the home, Studio ST Architects created a large “basement playroom” for the family’s three young sons by combining two bedrooms. A service entry was made into a mudroom. The design conveys a soft opulence, rich yet comfortable, beautiful with functional.

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Synacondo

Residential Mixed Use Building and Synagogue
New York, New York
Renderings: Ryan McLaughlin

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While working with a synagogue in New York, we pursued a speculative design that creates a new, shared building, for a residential condominium and the synagogue. This “SynaCondo” typology is relevant to many religious organizations which development opportunities. We demonstrate that these congregations can create beautiful, functional and spiritual spaces within a mixed use development. The existing sanctuary of our client is located on the second floor (no elevator) but does not have exterior views. Relocating the sanctuary to the first lower level, under the rear garden, allows us to utilize this subterranean space, while providing better access and better […]

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Ansche Chesed synagogue was built in 1927. Studio ST Architects was selected to design and expand the heavily used entrance on 100th Street. By relocating the offices we were able to triple the size of the lobby space on this level, creating a bleacher style public spaces on two levels. The open and inviting lobby will also have stroller parking, two ADA non-gendered bathrooms and coat rooms. A new LULA elevator will provide access to both levels of the lobby as well as the main sanctuary on the floor above and the basement multipurpose hall, gym and art room. The […]

Bachelor Duplex

With Axis Mundi Design
Apartment Renovation
New York, New York
Photography: Andrew Garn

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This duplex apartment in New York’s Greenwich Village presented some challenges. Typical of post-war high-rises, it had 8-foot concrete slab ceilings, small generic bathrooms, a miniscule kitchen, and linoleum floors. The overarching goal was to create spaces with unique atmospheres that add up to a coherent whole. On the lower level, a conservatory, created by demolishing the exterior wall of the kitchen, blends the inside with the outside and provides casual living space. A hot-rolled steel TV wall connects the conservatory with the formal dining room, maximizing the conservatory’s abundant natural light and spectacular views. Frosted glass panels close off […]

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Kesher Synagogue

with Z-A Studio
Synagogue
Englewood, New Jersey

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Inspired by the the community’s name, Kesher, meaning both Connection and Knot in Hebrew, the building is a continuous spatial band tying together three main programmatic spaces – the Sanctuary, Social Hall, and Chapel – and clad with a second ribbed skin to direct and filter light. The synagogue functions are distributed on a “split level” structure which takes advantage of the site’s slope, minimizes the need for excavation, and maximizes daylight. Exterior access is available from all three levels, encouraging a flow of activity from the inside out and eliminating the need for an elevator, not typically used on […]

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Manhattan Duplex Combination

Apartment Combination
New York, New York
Photography: Bilyana Dimitrova

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This renovation combined two apartments, each with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, into a wonderful spacious four-bedroom home in Manhattan. The design palette was simple and clean, allowing art and life to be highlighted on the muted background.

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Meislin Gallery

Art Gallery
New York, New York
Photography: Bilyana Dimitrova

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We transformed a raw space into a new gallery and offices for Meislin Projects which will produce a small number of in-depth exhibitions and installations, developed in collaboration with major art institutions in the United States and overseas.

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Desert House

with Yael Mann Morag
Single Family House
Ovnat, Israel
Photographer: Aviad Bar-Ness

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Designed for the architect’s sister and her family, the desert house is a sustainable, energy efficient, unassuming home at the foots of the desert and overlooking the Dead Sea. It responds to the sun and blends with the colors of the mountain rock.

East 77th

Apartment Renovation
New York, New York
Interior Decorating: Lea Frank
Photography: Aviad Bar-Ness

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The dream of every New Yorker came true for these clients when they were able to buy the one bedroom apartment next to their existing two bedroom. This clean and contemporary combination created a large, four bedroom home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The large open space includes a generous foyer, living room, dining room and kitchen, perfect for entertaining and relaxing. With the additional space we expanded the original bathroom to create a larger primary bathroom, “his and her” walk in closets, a comfortable home office for two working parents, a sun filled family den, and a […]

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West End Ave

Apartment Renovation
New York, New York
Renderings: Jay Adu
Photography: Bilyana Dimitrova

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This 2,000-square-feet, gut renovation turned a pre-war apartment into a clean, modern residence for a family of three, while preserving its prewar features, such large generous rooms, tall baseboards and ceiling beams. The entry foyer becomes a central node that both separates and connects the dining room, living room, and bedroom areas through a series of large walnut open door frames, creating an airy, free-flowing layout. A small bookcase slot provides a visual connection between the dining and living rooms.

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1025 Fifth Ave

Apartment Renovation
New York, New York
Photography: Aviad Bar-Ness

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Sustainable Desert Home

Single Family House
Ovnat, Israel
Photographer: Aviad Bar Ness

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Nestled between the Judean Mountains and the Dead Sea, Desert Home is partially sheltered and well-positioned to utilize cross ventilation techniques and natural cooling and heating systems. The building’s form was created by carving outdoor, covered spaces from the rectangular volume to maximize the indoor-outdoor connection, which is emphasized by continuous floor tile covering the entire house and yard. The thick walls are heavily insulated for energy efficiency as white, sand stucco on the outer surfaces reflect the intense desert sun. To blend in with the surroundings, the exterior stucco responds to the color of the mountains, and a rust-colored […]

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Rosenberg & Co. Art Gallery

Art Gallery
New York, New York

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Established on the Upper East Side of Manhattan by Marianne Rosenberg, the gallery, located on the ground floor of a townhouse, continues the Rosenberg family’s distinguished tradition of exhibiting an international roster of works by prominent Impressionist, Modern, and contemporary artists. The gallery transformed a neglected ground floor of a townhouse into a welcoming, warm and human scale art gallery. A series of rooms  accommodate the larger pieces of art and invite the visitor from the entry foyer to the main gallery. An old storage room in the back was turned into a small library and sitting room in which […]

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Pink & White

Apartment Renovation
New York, New York
Photography: Aviad Bar-Ness

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This renovation transformed a small and dark studio apartment (might was call it a man-cave?) into a light-filled, cozy and stylish one bedroom apartment. Pocket doors separate the living room from the bedroom, allowing the owner to enjoy the incredible Manhattan skyline view when privacy is not needed. The bleached wood floors from LV floors, white millwork and recessed gallery style track lights highlight the owner’s beautiful collections of Asian art. Unique features include a deep powder room sink to wash the dog’s feet after a run in the park, a zen-like soaking tub, and a windy outdoor terrace.

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State Street

Townhouse Renovation and Addition
Brooklyn, New York

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A developer acquired 544 State Street and did a gut renovation of the Brooklyn townhouse after it had been vacant and neglected. Fortunately, through close analysis of zoning law, Studio ST found that the owner could enlarge the building by almost 50% by adding to each floor and excavating the cellar. The townhouse was divided into four full floor apartments of simple and minimalist design. The typical layout of each includes an outdoor space; two bedrooms on the north side of the building; and the kitchen, dining room and bathrooms at the center. The new south side addition contains the […]

FTJC Synagogue

Washington Heights
New York, New York

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The Fort Tryon Jewish Center retained SST’s services to review the developer’s design and assist in determining their needs and improving the plans. Realizing the value of SST’s input they requested that SST be hired as the Interior Architect. We redesigned the sanctuary, social hall, classrooms and public interior spaces creating a new, clean and functional design reflecting the client’s identity and needs. The original sanctuary design dated from the sixties reflecting the hierarchical, formal and frontal attitudes of the time. Our design transforms the space into a democratic, community centered space. A “skylight” made of a sheet of LED […]

Swell House

with Z-A Studio
Single Family House
Highland Park, New Jersey

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Architectural Record, “Best Unbuilt House” The swell house celebrates forms created from the combination of old and new, resisting American suburban trends. The clients needed to accommodate a growing family and a decision was made to build a new second floor on the old house. Wrapping the old and new spaces with clapboard, flexible yet rigid in appearance, the parts meld into a whole-the new curves supported by the older straight lines. Adding to the house also kept demolition to a minimum. In long-term efforts to reduce waste, the windows are carefully placed to minimize energy consumption and a double […]

Prague Library

with Z-A Studio
International Competition, Semi Finalist
Prague, Czech Republic

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The Prague National Library serves three types of occupants – media & books, the public and the library staff – each with unique spatial typologies and functional needs. Using the bookshelf as the module for the building, the structure is based on a dense grid of columns, supporting both the bookshelves and the building as a whole. The heart of the library is the mass of book storage, protected from the exterior. Publicly accessible spaces – reading halls, lobby, theater, and lecture halls – are suspended within the lattice. Wrapping around this heart are the support areas, including offices and […]

UES Combination

Apartment Combination
New York, New York
Photography: Aviad Bar-Ness

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Youth Center

West Side Institutional Synagogue
New York, NY

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Off The Wall

with Z-A Studio
The Jewish Museum of New York
New York, New York

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Constructed out of art packing materials, “Off the Wall” follows the concept of the exhibition where traditional materials are recycled and reinterpreted into new works of art. As art reinterprets the content of the museum, the design reinterprets its context. In a literal translation of the exhibition title, the design provides not only “Off the Wall” platforms for the display of the art but also for the artists at work. Three different materials were used in three galleries, responding to the type of art in each: The Pixilated Mattress , a landscape of gray foam blocks; The Pedestal Mountains , […]

West Village Duplex

Apartment Renovation
New York, New York
Photography: Bilyana Dimitrova

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Beauty, simplicity, and clarity were the guiding concepts in our work on this renovation. The lower floor of the duplex was gutted, preserving only the original wood floors. The ceilings were raised to the maximum possible height, adding light and spaciousness. The color palette was minimal to accentuate the inherent properties of the materials. White kitchen cabinets and Corian countertops along with a Novelda Crème limestone bench in the living room convey minimalism. Splashes of color were added by using unique materials such as a green quartzite and metallic glass turquoise. The new stair has a “hardware-less” glass railing and […]

800 WEA

Apartment Renovation
New York, New York
Photography: Andrew Garn

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This update to an existing pre-war apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side combines the owner’s modern taste with original details of the 1926 building. The kitchen, dining room and living room are connected by a series of framed openings, defining each space while preserving flow between them. New baseboards, window moldings and door frames were designed as a contemporary, geometric interpretation of the pre-war style. The bathrooms are an oasis in the hustle of the city. The kitchen was redesigned to accommodate the needs of a kosher kitchen and a large central island unifies the space that was originally split […]

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Union Square Therapy

Renovation
New York, New York

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Together with our client and contractor, we converted a dark and musty basement into a beautiful and bright therapy suite. The suite includes three private offices, two bathrooms, a new kitchen and waiting room. To make the space inviting we added a large skylight, new central air conditioning and fresh air system, lighting a sound masking system to insure the patient’s privacy.

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Slice House

Sustainable, Affordable Housing
Atlanta, Georgia

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The Slice House is a comfortable, low cost, hybrid-fabricated, family home. The house is an extruded box from which slices were cut to reduce the its size respond to functional needs and sculpt spaces. A dramatic slice in the front of the house conceals the carport from the street. A second large opposing slice on the south side create a covered sun deck. The slices create spaces simple in their design and materials yet spatially intriguing. The house is made of simple materials and exploits their inherent beauty. It is hybridly fabricated, with the central elements prefabricated and assembled on […]

Curve Townhouse

Speculative Project
New York, New York

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Using the typical row townhouse layout, the curve townhouse stands out with its curved terraces that animate the front facade. The curved bench extends to the interior, creating a flowing connection between inside and outside. The public stair is housed in a curved volume which is the most efficient way to comply with the New York City Code while creating a unique interior space in the apartment. The space and materials are simple. A main space is a loft-like open area with a living room, dining room and kitchen. Two bedrooms face the quiet back yard. The bathrooms are tucked […]

East Side Duplex

Apartment Combination
New York, New York
Photography: Bilyana Dimitrova

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This renovation combined two apartments into a gracious, functional duplex home for the client. The new plan for the lower level is an open, loft-like living space combining a kitchen, living room and dining room. A family room that also serves as a guest bedroom is separated by two large pocket doors. On the upper level there are three bedrooms including a large master bedroom and bath suite. A new, minimalist steel stair connects the two levels. The stair is composed of a folded steel surface with simple wood treads and a delicate steel handrail. A conscious decision was made […]

79th Street

Apartment Combination
New York, New York

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This combination of adjacent one and two-bedroom suites accommodates a growing family. Taking advantage of existing plumbing and partition locations, the transformation was quick and cost effective. The common spaces are relocated to the bright northeast corner, and the kitchen is reconfigured to flow into the dining area. In a study/guest room towards the interior, translucent 3form panels provide privacy while preserving a sense of openness.

Pied-a-Terre

Apartment Renovation
New York, New York
Photography: Aviad Bar-Ness

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This conversion of a loft-style apartment was designed as a pied-à-terre but was so comfortable that it became a full-time home. The apartment has large windows and high ceilings, which we emphasized by opening the front entry to create a sun-filled eat-in kitchen and study.

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Stockholm Library

with Z-A Studio
Open International Competition
Stockholm, Sweden

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The Asplund building is one of Stockholm’s important architectural landmarks and connecting to it requires attention at all scales. The new building leans forward, for example, to touch the old library making a significant yet respectful connection. We sought to use the inherent structural logic of the library – the bookshelf – as a building structure. The preliminary structure supports a dense grid of suspended steel cables, extending throughout the building, and shifts to accomodate a subway tunnel. The library serves three types of occupants – media & books, the public and the library staff – each with unique functional […]

Tel Aviv Museum

With dzo Architecture
Shaul Hamelech Boulevard
Tel Aviv, Israel

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Our proposal for the new wing of the Tel Aviv Art Museum is based on a series of ramps connecting the existing floor level with the different site elevations. A simple diagram of ramps and galleries was twisted and stacked to fit the difficult site conditions, creating a complex yet easily comprehensible form that weaves together old and new, site and building, art and everyday life. The visitor can choose from two circulation systems: ramps leading through the entire collection and telling the story intended by the curators, or an alternative concrete-core vertical system with direct access to each gallery. […]

Beit Binyamin

With dzo Architecture
Synagogue
Kefar Saba, Israel

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Reading the Torah and commenting on it are cornerstones of Jewish religious life. The Beit Binyamin Synagogue’s design is thus inspired by the shapes of Hebrew letters and the layering found in the layout of a Talmud page. The exterior walls are abstracted letter forms without literal representation. The spaces wrap and protect the most sacred space with layers of everyday program and the changing width of the walls incorporates the ark. The exterior wall is perforated by text, which, depending on exterior light conditions, are visible inside the sanctuary with different degrees of sharpness and color. At dusk, when […]

Mediatheque

With dzo Architecture
Book and New Media Library
Carnoux-en-Provence, France

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The mediatheque project celebrates the spectrum of available information – from printed books to digital media and computerized information retrieval systems. Contemporary libraries are often comprised of independent shelving grids within a room, in contrast to the traditional library where the bookshelves wrap around the room to create a reading space. The mediatheque returns to the traditional library concept without separation between the walls and the books. A compressed and folded bookshelf strip defines spaces for adults, children, reading, lectures, and offices. It acts both as a storage space and a structural wall. The wall was constructed by stacking glass […]

Quebec Center

With dzo Architecture
Complex of Culture and Administration
Montreal, Canada

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Three large and diverse programs needed to be placed within a single site: the Quebec government administration tower, the Montreal symphony hall, and a school of dance and music.These elements are organized in a system of parallel bands, creating an urban language that mitigates the changes in scale and use. While still one cohesive structure, each “band” was given a unique identity using wood. The concert hall is clad in dense horizontal strips which glow in the night through intentional light “leaks.” A double skin system made of wood and glass is used on the façade of the governmental tower, […]

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East 83rd

Apartment Combination
New York, New York
Photography: Bilyana Dimitrova
Decorating: Lea Frank

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This Upper East Side apartment renovation project combined the client’s existing two-bedroom unit with the adjacent one-bedroom unit to create a spacious three-bedroom apartment. The space includes large living, dining and family rooms, two home offices, and fully updated kitchens and bathrooms. Sleek appliances and refined materials create a space that is both sophisticated and practical. Colorful furniture and geometric patterns balance the white walls of the apartment. Accessibility was a priority for the client and is reflected in the design of the apartment, which has an expanded entry foyer and large master bathroom. In addition, the client wanted to […]

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Park Duplex

Apartment Renovation
New York, New York

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JCC

Lobby Design Proposal
New York, New York
Renderings: Ryan McLaughlin

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The JCC lobby is used intensely throughout the day. Our proposed design creates new flexible zones of activity to accommodate these many needs.

Hoboken 911 Memorial

With dzo Architecture
Invited Competition
Hoboken, New Jersey

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We sought to bring back the moment of intense connection between the Hoboken pier and the Manhattan skyline. We proposed a stream of water guiding the visitor to the waterfront edge. The stream fans out into a still reflecting pool, and the skyline is reflected on the water to convey both the glory of human endeavor and the place of the fallen towers. Engraved beneath the shallow water are the names of the 9/11 victims from Hoboken. As the viewer turns toward the site of the World Trade Center, the names blend with the reflection of the skyline. The water […]