A Brooklyn architect shows what a little elbow grease, a healthy dose of naïveté, and a decade can accomplish: a Prospect Heights row house filled with light and idiosyncratic material touches.
When architects Hayes and James Slade of Slade Architecture renovated a three-story brownstone in Brooklyn, they took an atypical approach to storage: "rather than concealing, it reveals and celebrates," says James. To tie the three floors together, the architects devised a blackened steel wall that acts like a multi-story magnetic board, running from the parlor floor to the roof.
For Mark Dixon, an architect, and Alexandra Lange, an architecture critic, reuniting the separate levels of a typical mid-19th-century duplexed house common to the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn would challenge their expertise and expectations. Their collaboration provided clues as to how their design ideas—his as a designer, hers as a passionate observer—would translate into practice.
Julie Torres Moskovitz, who designed New York’s first certified Passive House, made an old Park Slope brownstone more sustainable by getting rid of the brownstone and filling in a passive, foam-clad facsimile in its place. Here, a custom stainless steel stair with treads of perforated steel replaces the old wood staircase in the rehabbed Park Slope brownstone.
A family enlists Brooklyn design-build firm MADE to renovate a brownstone using surplus and salvaged materials for a budget-conscious patina. In the kitchen, the island and cabinets, fashioned from remilled Douglas-fir beams salvaged from upstate New York, sport inexpensive drawers from Ikea.