Carroll Gardens Passive House

New York, New York
Location
  • New York, New York
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Traditional
  • Year
  • 2014
  • Square Feet
  • 4000
  • Set in the Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn, NY – Laura Mackall and Robert Manley tackled an energy efficient renovation of their five story, 1860’s brick row townhouse, designed to meet Passive House Institute efficiency standards.
     

    To achieve their vision, they turned to Laura’s father, Louis Mackall, a Connecticut-based architect who trained at the Yale School of Architecture. He understood Passive House design, and their desire to honor the home’s history and original detail. The architecture and interiors evolved together as Mackall worked with Gowanus-based contractor Build with Prospect, led by Jeremy Shannon, AIA.

     

    Passive House design is performance-based, focused not on any renewable or recycled materials used but on how efficiently the building breathes, heats, and cools – living entirely within itself. Mackall specified triple-glazed, Zola windows and doors throughout the home. Boasting industry-leading airtightness and thermal performance, couple with craftsmanship that is befitting of even the most detail-oriented and careful of historic restorations. Additional Passive House design elements include 8 inches of insulation on all the outside walls and an energy recovery ventilator. With an airtight building seal and exterior wall thickness of 21 inches, the structure receives all the heat it needs from the sun – they have yet to turn on the heat despite record-low temperatures in New York last winter.

     

    One of the biggest challenges with the Passive construction was the exceptionally thick 21” perimeter walls, resulting in deep, or tunnel window casings. Mackall’s solution: a deep chamfer so that the window sets within a frame, then radiate out from the panes at a 45-degree angle. The resulting solution turned out to be one of the defining characteristics of the renovated home: flooding the space with natural light while improving its functionality and energy efficiency. Blending traditional and modern with energy efficiency, Mackall’s biggest design goal was to follow through with all the beginnings and endings so that everything was “of a piece”, as though carved out of one piece of marble.

     

    The extensive interior design elements in the home reflect the couples’ passion for international art of the last 60 years, as well as Danish design and Moroccan textiles. Robert has his lifetime working life in the arts, working for 11 years at galleries in New York, and the following 15 years he was a specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Art department at Christie’s Auction house, where he most recently held the title of Deputy Chairman. Laura is self-employed as a private art dealer and advisor and manages human resources for Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York, where she was previously the Senior Director.

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    This 5-story 1860’s Brooklyn townhouse features Zola’s triple-glazed Thermo Clad windows and doors in FCS-certified pine. Finding high performance windows that were large and quality-crafted was an important aspect of combining the passive house standard with the original intent of a top-notch design and tasteful renovation of the historic home.

http://www.zolawindows.com/thermoclad/ Photo  of Carroll Gardens Passive House modern home

    This 5-story 1860’s Brooklyn townhouse features Zola’s triple-glazed Thermo Clad windows and doors in FCS-certified pine. Finding high performance windows that were large and quality-crafted was an important aspect of combining the passive house standard with the original intent of a top-notch design and tasteful renovation of the historic home.

    www.zolawindows.com/the...

    Zola’s triple-glazed Thermo Clad windows and doors in FCS-certified pine.

http://www.zolawindows.com/thermoclad/ Photo 2 of Carroll Gardens Passive House modern home

    Zola’s triple-glazed Thermo Clad windows and doors in FCS-certified pine.

    www.zolawindows.com/the...

    An expansive, Zola three-panel lift slide door spans nearly the entire width of the house, illuminating the whole floor. The rear facade is southern-facing, and the spacious dining room provides an ideal location for placement of this large opening.

http://www.zolawindows.com/thermoclad/ Photo 3 of Carroll Gardens Passive House modern home

    An expansive, Zola three-panel lift slide door spans nearly the entire width of the house, illuminating the whole floor. The rear facade is southern-facing, and the spacious dining room provides an ideal location for placement of this large opening.

    www.zolawindows.com/the...

    This 5-story 1860’s Brooklyn townhouse features Zola’s triple-glazed Thermo Clad windows and doors in FCS-certified pine. An expansive, three-panel lift slide door spans nearly the entire width of the house, illuminating the whole floor. The rear facade is southern-facing, and the spacious dining room provides an ideal location for placement of this large opening.

http://www.zolawindows.com/thermoclad/ Photo 4 of Carroll Gardens Passive House modern home

    This 5-story 1860’s Brooklyn townhouse features Zola’s triple-glazed Thermo Clad windows and doors in FCS-certified pine. An expansive, three-panel lift slide door spans nearly the entire width of the house, illuminating the whole floor. The rear facade is southern-facing, and the spacious dining room provides an ideal location for placement of this large opening.

    www.zolawindows.com/the...

    An expansive, Zola three-panel lift slide door spans nearly the entire width of the house, illuminating the whole floor. The rear facade is southern-facing, and the spacious dining room provides an ideal location for placement of this large opening.

http://www.zolawindows.com/thermoclad/ Photo 5 of Carroll Gardens Passive House modern home

    An expansive, Zola three-panel lift slide door spans nearly the entire width of the house, illuminating the whole floor. The rear facade is southern-facing, and the spacious dining room provides an ideal location for placement of this large opening.

    www.zolawindows.com/the...

    Parlor: A Vilhelm Lauritzen hangs above a Vintage Moroccan rug from Breuckelen Berber.  A Finn Juhl Chieftain Chair alongside a Mama Bear Chair; reupholstered and paired with a matching ottoman in Hella Jongerius fabric sit next to a Hans Wegner coffee table. 

Ceiling decoration is original – parts of it replicated by Absolute Plastering in Brooklyn. Photo 6 of Carroll Gardens Passive House modern home

    Parlor: A Vilhelm Lauritzen hangs above a Vintage Moroccan rug from Breuckelen Berber. A Finn Juhl Chieftain Chair alongside a Mama Bear Chair; reupholstered and paired with a matching ottoman in Hella Jongerius fabric sit next to a Hans Wegner coffee table.

    Ceiling decoration is original – parts of it replicated by Absolute Plastering in Brooklyn.

    Kitchen designed by architect Louis Mackall. Cabinet fabrication by James Schriber Furniture. Tile backsplash by Mosaic House in NY, specializing in Moroccan Tiles. 

Architect Louis Mackall designed two archways, with custom arched pocket doors from Breakfast Woodworks for the parlor opening. Photo 7 of Carroll Gardens Passive House modern home

    Kitchen designed by architect Louis Mackall. Cabinet fabrication by James Schriber Furniture. Tile backsplash by Mosaic House in NY, specializing in Moroccan Tiles.

    Architect Louis Mackall designed two archways, with custom arched pocket doors from Breakfast Woodworks for the parlor opening.

    Parlor: A Vilhelm Lauritzen hangs above a Vintage Moroccan rug from Breuckelen Berber.  A Finn Juhl Chieftain Chair alongside a Mama Bear Chair; reupholstered and paired with a matching ottoman in Hella Jongerius fabric sit next to a Hans Wegner coffee table. 

Ceiling decoration is original – parts of it replicated by Absolute Plastering in Brooklyn.

Zola ThermoClad Finger-Jointed Pine Window.  
http://www.zolawindows.com/thermoclad/ Photo 8 of Carroll Gardens Passive House modern home

    Parlor: A Vilhelm Lauritzen hangs above a Vintage Moroccan rug from Breuckelen Berber. A Finn Juhl Chieftain Chair alongside a Mama Bear Chair; reupholstered and paired with a matching ottoman in Hella Jongerius fabric sit next to a Hans Wegner coffee table.

    Ceiling decoration is original – parts of it replicated by Absolute Plastering in Brooklyn.

    Zola ThermoClad Finger-Jointed Pine Window.
    www.zolawindows.com/the...

    Kitchen designed by architect Louis Mackall. Cabinet fabrication by James Schriber Furniture. Tile backsplash by Mosaic House in NY, specializing in Moroccan Tiles. 

Architect Louis Mackall designed two archways, with custom arched pocket doors from Breakfast Woodworks for the parlor opening. Photo 9 of Carroll Gardens Passive House modern home

    Kitchen designed by architect Louis Mackall. Cabinet fabrication by James Schriber Furniture. Tile backsplash by Mosaic House in NY, specializing in Moroccan Tiles.

    Architect Louis Mackall designed two archways, with custom arched pocket doors from Breakfast Woodworks for the parlor opening.