Here is a peek into an ongoing project we have been working on. This is a renovation of an existing free-standing corner building with an empty lot beside it (a rarity in this part of Brooklyn.) The program brief calls for a single family residence on the upper floor, a commercial gallery and workshop space on the ground floor and vertical connection between.
We've organized the building into two systems: 1. a wooden volume that contains all the living space (dining room, living room, bedroom, etc.) and 2. a concrete mass that houses all of the utilitarian functions of the house (bathrooms, kitchen, storage and vertical passage) and acts as a sound buffer between the noise from the main street and the interior of the house.
The wooden volume is defined by a series of horizontal slats, which are organized in a way that provides varying degrees of natural light and privacy relative to the public and private areas of the house.