Park Slope Townhouse
Location: Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
Program: Private Single-Family Residence
Project Scope: 3,300 SF Gut Renovation
Completion Date: 2014
The owners of a historic brownstone located in a landmarked block of Park Slope came to Behin Ha with a problem - their recently purchased property had more than ample space, but because of the exceptionally deep an narrow layout of the existing building, there was little sense of connection between the rooms in the house, and the living spaces located on the lowest floor had little or no access to natural light, views, and the outdoors.
Behin Ha worked closely with the client to find a solution that met their needs. The spaces in the house are organized around two large living spaces carved out of the existing volume of the townhouse. The first space contains the kitchen, living, and dining rooms, while the second space comprises a den with access to an outdoor terrace. The intersection of these two spaces form a figural void which brings light deep into the living spaces and is perceived as the unifying "center" of the home.
The traditional exterior facade of the landmarked building gives way to a light-filled, contemporary interior equipped with modern amenities.
The den provides access to a terrace with ample room for private outdoor living - a relief in the dense urban neighborhood of Brooklyn. A wooden lattice structure filters light spilling into the space from skylights above.
Private spaces such as the third floor study and second floor bedroom have a visual relationship to the main living spaces of the house. An operable panel provides a connection from the bedroom to the living spaces, and can be closed off for privacy when desired.
Designers: Ann Ha and Behrang Behin
Architect of Record: gne Architecture PC
Contractor: Certified of New York Construction
MEP Engineer: Charles G. Michel Engineering P.C.
Structural Engineer: Stratford Engineering
Photos Exterior Facade, Foyer, Master Bathroom, & Stair Detail by Peter Dressel
All other Photos by Ofer Wolberger