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The Skokie Valley Synagogue renovation transformed the sanctuary, built in 1963, from a dark, formal space to an ethereal, light-filled and ADA accessible room for communal prayer. The synagogue architectural renovation converted the large, old stage into new, modern bathrooms and a coat room. Movable chairs replaced fixed seats and reoriented the focus of prayer east toward Jerusalem. The new seats provide flexibility and bring the congregation closer to the prayer service. Custom-made glass mechitzah panels (partitions) has the Friday evening service etched on it, creating a pattern of translucent forms made of Hebrew letters. A large, centrally located triangular […]

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This apartment combination was designed for a recently married older couple who had separate homes filled with lifelong possessions and different aesthetic styles. This gut-renovation architectural design combined 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 contemporary design with 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. White-oak new wood floors and millwork envelop the space with warmth, and […]

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Award wining multifamily apartment building, Jersey City, NJ.

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This sustainable desert home is nestled between the mountains and the Dead Sea. It is sheltered and well-positioned to utilize cross ventilation techniques and natural, passive-house cooling and heating systems. The architectural design of 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. Utilizing sustainable architecture techniques, the desert home uses thick walls that are heavily insulated for energy efficiency. The sand colored stucco on the outer surfaces reflect the intense desert sun and heat gain. To […]

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The architectural renovation of the 14 Street Y, part of the JCC network of community centers, celebrates the diversity of its multi-generational, multi-ethnic membership. The ground floor lobby, fitness center, locker rooms, offices, showers and pool were redesigned 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, low cost materials in unconventional ways, the architects created a unique design within a tight budget. Fields of fluorescent light fixtures of different sizes redraw the ceiling, while bands of colored tiles […]

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The architectural design of this luxury apartment renovation in Manhattan, NY created city home that combines the comfort of a suburban home with the sophistication and location of an NYC city apartment. This gut-renovation of a 6,700-square-foot, full-floor, created the perfect home in the city. A generous foyer, huge kitchen, dining room that seats 20 guests, living room and family room are designed for hosting functions and fundraisers. On the other side of the apartment, Studio ST Architects created a large playroom for the family’s three young sons by combining two bedrooms. A service entry was made into a mudroom. […]

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Studio ST Architects designed the renovation of an Upper East Side New York brownstone to create a new art gallery for Rosenberg & Co. Established in Manhattan by Marianne Rosenberg, the gallery continues the Rosenberg family’s distinguished tradition of exhibiting art with an international roster of works by prominent impressionist, modern, and contemporary artists. The gallery renovation included new exhibition space, a small art library, offices and an outdoor sculpture garden. Studio ST Architects filed the plans with the Department of Buildings (DOB) and the Landmarks and Preservation Commission (LPC) to obtain approvals for this New York City gallery construction. […]

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Studio ST Architects designed a new building for the sustainable farming education center for the Adamah Foods program at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. This program invites adults and children to learn about sustainable food and sustainable farming. Adamah Foods provides and grows kosher food for Isabella Freedman on the 10-acre farm, as well as source ingredients from local, organic and fair-trade companies. Located near the existing greenhouse, the proposed farming education center provides a dedicated space where people can gather, learn, work, and rest—all for the love of food. The upper level of the building houses a kitchen that […]

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Beauty, simplicity and clarity were the guiding concepts in our work on this apartment duplex 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 minimal color palette accentuates 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 […]

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This Upper East Side apartment renovation project combined an existing studio with an adjacent unit to comfortably accommodate a family with three children. The studio transformed into the new, open living and dining rooms with built-ins, while back-to-back kitchens from both units were turned into one larger kitchen with clean, white millwork as well as a wood and stone breakfast counter. Light maple wood floors run throughout the apartment and compliment the bright walls to give an airy, fresh feeling. The design accommodates multiple uses, including an elegant place to host guests and providing a dedicated area for the husband […]

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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 expanded entry foyer and large primary bathroom. In addition, the client wanted to have room to host and entertain. “I […]

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MicroPolis is a proposal for a new housing typology of micro-homes in metropolitan centers. It is a modular system of prefabricated, energy-efficient and cost-effective micro-homes that can be installed in already built empty urban spaces. Each 270-sq.-ft. unit features an ADA bathroom, queen-size bed, kitchen and living/working space. The staggering of the units creates a push-and-pull relation, generating balconies for most units. Large public outdoor terraces provide social and co-working spaces and safe places for children to play. Reusing built spaces has environmental advantages: it conserves materials and resources, lowers carbon footprint, and brings old, energy-inefficient buildings up to the […]

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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 with similar development opportunities. Our client’s existing sanctuary is located on the second floor (no elevator) but does not have exterior views. Relocating the sanctuary to the lower level under the rear yard garden allows them to utilize the subterranean space, while providing better access and natural lighting from above. The garden landscape is structured around a series of skylights which bring daylight to the […]

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This is a synagogue renovation for NYC’s Upper West Side Ansche Chesed synagogue, originally built in 1927. Studio ST Architects was selected to design and expand the heavily used entrance on 100th Street. By relocating the offices we tripled the size of the lobby space on this level, creating 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 […]

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This duplex apartment renovation in NYC’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 sanctuary

Inspired by the community’s name, Kesher, meaning both connection and knot in Hebrew, the building is a continuous spatial band which ties 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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This Manhattan duplex apartment renovation combined two apartments, each with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, into a wonderful, spacious four-bedroom home. On the lower floor, the spaces were reconfigured to enlarge the kitchen, primary bathroom and bedrooms. A new study was introduced to the second floor, which also contains a larger living room with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. A new stair with warm wood treads and a dark steel handrail was added to connect the two floors. The simple, clean design palette allows art and life to be highlighted on the muted background. Photography: Bilyana Dimitrova

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Located on Madison Avenue and 69th Street in Manhattan, Meislin Projects was transformed from a raw space into a new art gallery and offices. Studio ST Architects’ design for the art gallery renovation created an intimate space for exhibiting and viewing art in an informal setting. This environment enables the artist, viewer and gallery owner to participating in a collaborative process of engaging with art. With unassuming, yet professional lighting and modern furniture, the space is inviting and calm. Clever placements of the walls maintain light and views in the offices while preserving privacy from the exhibition space. Photography: Bilyana […]

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The architect designed this sustainable house for her sister and her family. Desert House is a sustainable, energy efficient, unassuming home at the foothills of the desert and overlooks the Dead Sea. It responds to its environment and blends in with the colors of the surrounding mountain rocks. One corner of the rectangular volume of the single family house has been carved away in order to create a second-floor outdoor terrace, while a wood trellis in the ground floor rear yard provides a shaded outdoor sitting area. Collaboration with Yael Mann Morag Photography: Aviad Bar-Ness

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The typical New Yorker’s dream came true for these clients when they created an apartment combination by purchasing the one-bedroom unit next to their existing two-bedroom apartment. This clean and contemporary combination resulted in 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 Studio ST Architects 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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The proposal for the Hudson Yards Synagogue renovation provides 21st century updates to the 1925 building. In order to make the building more accessible and inclusive, new bathrooms were added on all publicly accessible floors, and an elevator was introduced to the six-story building. The basement level transformed into an area with a youth lounge, kitchen, and mikvah–a pool used to cleanse oneself to achieve ritual purity. The ground floor includes an enlarged lobby, a coat room, and a flexible social hall; while on the second floor, the reconfigured sanctuary is accompanied by a larger lobby. While a portion of […]

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This 2,000-square-feet gut renovation turned a NYC Upper West Side pre-war apartment into a clean, modern residence for a family of three, while preserving its pre-war architectural features, such large generous rooms, tall baseboards and ceiling beams. The apartment renovation allowed the entry foyer to become 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. Photography: Bilyana Dimitrova

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Located across from the Metropolitan Museum and Central Park in NYC, this two-bedroom Upper East Side pied-à-terre was designed to be a simple, clean backdrop for the homeowner’s eclectic collection of art and furniture. White, minimalist walls and simple moldings allow the pieces to stand out, while still enabling the dark wood floors, millwork, and kitchen backsplash to compliment the rich furnishings. The apartment renovation included opening up the kitchen, which provides easier circulation and visual connection to the adjacent dining room, living room, and baby grand piano. Photography: Aviad Bar-Ness

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This apartment renovation transformed a small and dark studio (might we 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 Wood, 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. Photography: […]

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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. Through close analysis of zoning codes, Studio ST Architects found that the owner could enlarge the building by almost 50% by adding to each floor and excavating the cellar. The building was divided into four full floor apartments of simple and minimalist design. The typical layout of each unit 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 […]

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For this synagogue renovation, the Fort Tryon Jewish Center hired Studio ST Architects to review the developer’s design, assist in determining their needs, and improving the floor plans for the New York-based synagogue. We redesigned the sanctuary, social hall, classrooms and public interior spaces, creating a new, clean and functional design that reflects the client’s identity and needs. The original synagogue’s sanctuary design dated from the 1960s, reflecting the hierarchical, formal and frontal attitudes of the time. Our design transforms the space into a democratic, community-centered piece of Jewish architecture. A “skylight” made of a sheet of LED lights creates […]

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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 keeps demolition to a minimum. In long-term efforts to reduce waste, the windows are carefully placed to minimize energy consumption, and a double skin […]

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Studio ST Architects’ speculative design proposal for the Prague National Library serves three types of occupants – media and 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 […]

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The proposal for the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center creates an inviting welcoming center by restructuring the existing main building and creating a new neighboring, complimentary building. By reorganizing the circulation in the existing main building, visitors no longer walk through rooms in order to access adjacent spaces, thus preventing the interruption of ongoing activities. This renovated main building adds a new entry and lobby, meeting rooms, offices and gift shop to the great room, lounge, and bathrooms. The new entry is demarcated by a protruding volume clad in natural wood siding, making it easy for visitors to find and […]

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Constructed out of art packing materials, “Off the Wall,” an art exhibit at The Jewish Museum of New York, 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 art galleries, responding to the type of art in each: The Pixilated Mattress, […]

This apartment renovation of an existing pre-war residence in NYC 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 architectural 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 […]

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Together with our client and contractor, Studio ST Architects converted a dark and musty basement into a beautiful, bright suite for this New York therapy office renovation. The new architectural design for 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 ensure the patient’s privacy.

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The Slice House is a comfortable, low cost, hybrid-fabricated single family home. The house is an extruded box from which slices are cut to reduce its size and to respond to functional needs. 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 Slice House’s architecture takes advantage of the inherent beauty of its simple materials. It is fabricated in a hybrid manner, with the central elements prefabricated and assembled on site over a locally poured concrete base which literally […]

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Using the typical row townhouse design layout, the Curve Townhouse stands out with its curved terraces that animate the front façade. The geometry of the terrace extends to the interior with a curved bench, 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 architectural space in the apartment. The design proposal for the townhouse’s space and materials are simple. The main space is a loft-like open area with a living room, dining room and […]

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East Side duplex apartment renovation

This apartment renovation combined two units into a gracious, functional duplex home for the client. The new floor 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 primary bedroom and bath suite. The interior renovation includes a new, minimalist steel stair which connects the two levels. The stair is composed of a folded steel surface with simple wood treads and a delicate […]

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The Gunnar 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 Stockholm Public Library, making a significant yet respectful connection. In our proposal for this open international competition, we sought to use the inherent structural logic of the building – the bookshelf – as a building structure. The preliminary structure supports a dense grid of suspended steel cables, extending throughout the library’s architecture and shifts to accommodate a subway tunnel. The building addition serves three types of occupants – media […]

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Our proposal for the new wing of the Tel Aviv Museum is based on a series of ramps connecting the existing floor level with the different site elevations. For this museum’s architecture, 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 […]

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Studio ST Architects’ goal for the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of the Upper West Side in Manhattan was to create a cohesive architectural language that better serves the wide range of user groups who visit the space. The community center renovation transforms the existing austere lobby into a dynamic space that accommodates the variety of events that take place over the course of a day or week by designating specific zones that balance flexibility and specificity. These designated areas include an information and ticketing booth, an art gallery, a resting area, a security desk, a store, and stroller parking — […]

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We sought to bring back the moment of intense connection between the Hoboken pier and the Manhattan skyline with our submission to this invited 9/11 memorial architecture competition. Our design proposal features a stream of water guiding the visitor to the waterfront edge. The stream fans out into a still reflecting pool, and the New York City 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 […]

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