Irving Place Townhouse

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On a tree-lined street in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, a former carriage house from the 1930s is now a colorful modern home that boasts bright orange shipping containers.

Commissioned by an artist, a gallerist, and their daughter, LOT-EK was tasked with renovating and expanding their existing two-story home. The new design rotates around an extension made out of stacked shipping containers, and features vibrant colors and a centralized-floor plan. As a result, the architecture is now organized around a polychromatic core volume that extends from the ground floor to the roof terrace.

The redesign includes a bright orange penthouse, which was retrofitted out of four stacked shipping containers. This part of the house dictates the flow between each space and provides access to an external rooftop terrace. The same color continues throughout—intersecting, connecting, and organizing various internal sections.

On the ground floor, the home is entered though a mudroom that sits adjacent to the kitchen and living room. Just above, the master bedroom is isolated from the child’s playroom/bedroom by the orange containers. Upwards, stairs lead to the home’s uppermost story—the penthouse. In this area, the family can enjoy their own private outdoor area—an outright luxury in New York City.

From street level, the rooftop shipping containers remain out of sight, yet subtly implied by obscured views of orange. The stripes painted across the matte black facade reference the diagonal voids that define the scheme’s interior.

Modern home with Outdoor, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Horizontal Fences, Wall, Metal Fences, Wall, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, and Rooftop. Photo  of Irving Place Townhouse
Modern home with Outdoor, Trees, Rooftop, and Hardscapes. Photo 2 of Irving Place Townhouse
Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Sofa, Table, Ceiling Lighting, Shelves, and Storage. Photo 3 of Irving Place Townhouse
Modern home with Staircase, Metal Railing, and Metal Tread. Photo 4 of Irving Place Townhouse
Modern home with Staircase, Metal Railing, and Metal Tread. Photo 5 of Irving Place Townhouse
Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Sofa, Bench, Storage, Shelves, Ceiling Lighting, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Photo 6 of Irving Place Townhouse
Modern home with Living Room, Bench, Chair, Storage, and Concrete Floor. The architecture is now organized around a polychromatic core volume that extends from the ground floor to the roof terrace. Photo 7 of Irving Place Townhouse

The architecture is now organized around a polychromatic core volume that extends from the ground floor to the roof terrace.

Modern home with Staircase, Metal Railing, and Metal Tread. Photo 8 of Irving Place Townhouse
Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Light Hardwood Floor, and Table Lighting. Photo 9 of Irving Place Townhouse
Modern home with Bath Room, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Enclosed Shower. Photo 10 of Irving Place Townhouse
On a tree-lined street in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, a former carriage house from the 1930s is now a colorful modern home that boasts bright orange shipping containers. 
Commissioned by an artist, a gallerist, and their daughter, LOT-EK was tasked with renovating and expanding their existing two-story home. The new design rotates around an extension made out of stacked shipping containers, and features vibrant colors and a centralized-floor plan. As a result, the architecture is now organized around a polychromatic core volume that extends from the ground floor to the roof terrace. Photo 11 of Irving Place Townhouse modern home

On a tree-lined street in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, a former carriage house from the 1930s is now a colorful modern home that boasts bright orange shipping containers.
Commissioned by an artist, a gallerist, and their daughter, LOT-EK was tasked with renovating and expanding their existing two-story home. The new design rotates around an extension made out of stacked shipping containers, and features vibrant colors and a centralized-floor plan. As a result, the architecture is now organized around a polychromatic core volume that extends from the ground floor to the roof terrace.

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Architect
Builder
  • Robert Silman Associates
Photographer
  • Danny Bright

Overview

Location
  • Structure
  • House (Multi Residence)
  • Year
  • 2015
  • Square Feet
  • 2600
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