Interior Design'

Interior Design'

'Sanctuary Condos'

Project Manager/Designer: Eugene Drubestskoy

Completion Date: May 2008

Location: Fort Greene, Brooklyn

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The two attached four-story buildings have been designed to include 13 apartments, and each one utilizes an organic aspect of the church from the beamed ceilings throughout to the arches in the main sanctuary. A rooftop extension was designed to maximize the property’s potential while maintaining a discrete profile from the street.Originally built as Our Lady of Pillar Catholic Church in 1915, the church and attached rectory buildings have housed various churches over the years and were eventually abandoned by the last congregation in 2003. With the advent of a new use and purpose, the condominiums were completed with a refurbished façade that respects and maintains the quality of this landmark. With its new use, the building is being utilized again in a vital and dynamic way and the community is further reinforced.The main design concept was twofold: first, to create the conversion of a spiritual place into modern residences with full respect to their functional utilitarian needs; and second, to preserve the unique aura of the space and its surroundings. Together, these two concepts enable the new use of the old structure to become an organic part of the streetscape. During the course of the alteration, new light frame partitions and walls were introduced without compromising the original basilica structure, which remains the core of the entire building. In the lower floors, the former sanctuary space manifests itself in the form of exposed heavy timber beams. On the upper floors, original gothic roof rafters and braces are fully exposed, which, in combination with the rose stained glass windows, communicate each apartment’s unique grandeur.An abandoned church has a stultifying affect on its street, as well as the overall fabric of the neighborhood. The adaptive re-use of this building represents a substantial renewal of the community, encouraging future projects to respect existing buildings even when the option to tear down and rebuild exists. Creating a residential sanctuary in a former religious domain has provided a beautiful addition to its immediate area in historic Fort Greene.

Project Manager/Designer: Eugene Drubestskoy

Completion Date: Under Construction

Location: New York, NY

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Project Manager/Designer: Tamar Kisilevitz

Completion Date: Completed

Location: East Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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The client, owner of a fast-growing real-estate brokerage firm in Brooklyn’s trendy Williamsburg neighborhood, requested an office space that would reflect the young vibe of the projects and clients he represents.With the idea that two minds work better than one, two designers generated layouts simultaneously, producing two different design schemes -- one a linear arrangement of the programmatic functions, the other based on an angular approach. Each designer presented the other’s idea to the client, who chose to merge the two.The final design draws inspiration from the firm’s logo, specifically its orange color and pixilated font, which was translated into freestanding elements in the space.Thus the main conference room is a floor-to-ceiling frameless glass enclosure, detached on all four sides and turned on an angle. This positioning divides the office into public and private areas without physical barriers, and creates secondary meeting areas between the corners of the conference room and existing walls.To emphasize the character of the raw space, with its exposed brick walls and sprinklers, we added exposed ducts.The reception desk is also a freestanding element, turned on an angle, and the wall behind it is a ¾” plexiglass sheet with circular cut-outs, bolted to an orange- painted back-up partition with an 8” space between them. Initially, the round cut- outs were designed as employee mailboxes, but the client liked the wall so much that he decided to leave it as an art piece.

Diamond on Duane

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano Jr.

Completion Date: 2007

Location: Downtown Manhattan, NY

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14 Fourth Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano Jr.

Completion Date: November 2008

Location: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

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Following the concept for the building's overall design as a bridging element between an underdeveloped street and a bustling cultural center, the interior design for this building accentuates extremes, beginning in the entrance lobby and carrying into each of the nine apartments.Kitchen cabinets are dark brown lacquer, and countertops are caesarstone. Appliances are built-in with hidden controls and the refrigerator is counter-depth, creating a pristine kitchen space. Floors are quarter sawn oak hardwood throughout the apartment interiors, and bathrooms are covered with porcelain through-body tiles and walnut veneer vanities.

335 Warren

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano Jr.

Completion Date: December 2007

Location: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

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Smith Street, which begins at Atlantic Avenue and runs south to Hamilton Avenue, has become the new, trendy area of Brooklyn, recently dubbed by New York Magazine dubbed as "the most innovative, exciting restaurant row" in the city. At the same time, the Boerum Hill section of Atlantic Avenue has become an antique buyers oasis.In the late 1960's, the area had fallen to hard times, with many buildings slated for destruction. Residents banded together to resurrect the area and it was at this time that the neighborhood was officially renamed Boerum Hill.The surrounding vibe of the neighborhood led to a mid 20th century inspired interior design that is "Retro" in its approach, with elements inspired by this style.The interior design encompasses a lobby, public corridors, and apartment interiors for all fourteen units, including bathrooms, kitchens and finishes, incorporating walnut cabinets with inset doors, caesarstone countertops, cherry wood floors, and glass tile accents in the bathrooms.

The North Star

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano Jr.

Completion Date: May 2006

Location: USA

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With its high-tech amenities, the ground floor design lends itself to a grand lobby and fitness room. The interiors draw inspiration from the exterior glass and metal panels that dominate the facade, giving it a clean, contemporary look. All units include French balconies, gardens and roof terraces. All the apartments are designed with wide plank hardwood flooring, European fixtures, elegant Italian kitchen cabinets, and oversized closets.The typical two-units-per-floor layout and three single floor units inflict a sense of intimacy within the context of a large building, with private lobbies at each floor. The future of Frederick Douglas Boulevard will be steered by projects such as this one: Modern buildings with top of the line features, which are sought after by buyers seeking relief from higher priced areas in the city. The North Star is a pioneer in the luxury mid-income market in the area.

240 North Henry

Project Manager/Designer: Roberto de los Rios

Completion Date: August 2007

Location: Greenpoint, Brooklyn

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Context plays an essential role in the concept for this project and is demonstrated by celebrating an advantageous corner condition without obstructing the scale of the surroundings.This four story building boasts six luxury one-bedroom apartments that comprise single, duplex and triplex units. Amenities include bedroom balconies, second floor and rooftop terraces, floor-to-ceiling windows and extraordinary downtown views from every apartment. All open kitchens will include top of the line appliances, stone counter tops, and sandblasted glass cabinetry. The bathrooms will also enjoy a fine array of elegant accessories, first rate fixtures and operable windows.At the first floor, a steel and frosted glass band will run along the length of the building screening six private parking spaces, one for each apartment.This addition will definitely revitalize the neighborhood and create a stronger boundary between the residential and neighboring manufacturing areas.

124 West 10th St.

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano Jr.

Completion Date: January 2005

Location: Greenwich Village

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The deluxe gut renovation of West 10th Street, a federal style townhouse, constituted the redistribution of spaces by dividing the building's interior into four spacious condominium units containing two duplexes, a single-floor unit and a penthouse. Three of the four units have spacious outdoor terraces, including the penthouse with its 900 square foot roof terrace. All four units feature two bedrooms, two wood burning fireplaces, and multiple skylights.Exposed brick walls, wood flooring and stone mantles convey an undeniable sense of home throughout each apartment, and the kitchen, which opens out to the main space, compliments it and yet stands its own.Special consideration was given to the interior design of kitchens and bathrooms.Integrating the functionality of a modern cook's kitchen within the confines of the urban apartment setting was a challenge. Each cabinet was planned to provide not only a variety storage options but also efficiency and maximum comfort, from spice racks on each side of the stove, a full height sliding pantry, to how a cabinet door will open. Stainless steel appliances and hardware are a perfect complement to the richness of the cabinetry and the sleekness of the glass and marble.Dark Wenge finishes give the spaces an anchoring quality while white marble and frosted glass offer a soothing and relaxing effect.A truly functional and beautiful space for the family to gather and enjoy, the open kitchens are an example of the intricate detailing of the interiors, with their Italian custom-crafted cabinetry, Carrara marble countertops and professional-grade appliances, uniting in the perfect marriage of aesthetics and convenience in this little gem in Manhattan's Greenwich Village.

East 72nd Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano Jr.

Completion Date: May 1998

Location: Upper East side - Manhattan

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The demand for larger apartments in Manhattan was most apparent in the early 1990's. At that time, many owners were devastated by the real-estate crash a few years earlier and found that the need for additional space was more critical than their losses.To our clients, who were unable to sell their original one bedroom apartment, and having previously purchased an additional studio apartment for an older child, it became clear that going into contract on an adjoining one bedroom apartment would solve their space needs.Entry spaces are important and are often over-looked elements in the design and layout of many modern apartment units. This design allowed for the gracious flow from a generous foyer to many rooms of the home including a formal dinning room, full size eat in kitchen, study/office, laundry, two bedrooms, living room and convertible den.The ability to move from one space to another and still have unique separation schemes makes this a very special home for a prominent New York City judge and his family.

1st Street

Project Manager/Designer: Ana Maria Bustamante Orrego

Completion Date: December 2004

Location: Park Slope

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An up and coming Real Estate developer chose a quiet tree-lined block in historic Park Slope, Brooklyn, to raise his family.The design process consisted of creating a technologically modern dwelling in which all building systems were replaced, and most of the interior finishes had to be stripped and redone. With an addition in the rear for a cook's kitchen and the arrangement of rooms to complement the family's lifestyle, this project proved that old and new can coexist and that one can even complement the other, if done right.