Scarano Architect PLLC. MEMBER AIA

Scarano Architect

Bedford Avenue

Bedford Avenue

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: May 2005

Location: Williamsburg

The program consists of two identical 4-bedroom apartments that are configured to accommodate the needs of an orthodox family with balconies and oversized kitchen and living room, all contained within 7,000 square feet at an anticipated construction cost of $1 million.

The design approach was to create a unique building that conforms to the general characteristics of a traditional townhouse. For example, a traditional stoop is expressed through modern stone stairs at the entrance, and the recessed windows follow the line of neighboring buildings. The standard rear yard has been redesigned to slope like a "rolling green" along its full length as an exaggerated expression of an existing change in elevation between two adjacent lots. A floating glass-enclosed cube hovers over this yard to stress the tension between sloped and straight plains.

The exterior finish material is a dark grey stone, the primary building material in the client's home country, and a material that ages well. The form is derived from the sculptural possibilities inherent in stone, treating the building as a stone volume to be carved out, revealing dynamic openings. The interior finishes follow the austerity of the exterior in their perception.