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447 Humboldt Street

Project Manager/Designer: Tamar Kisilevitz

Completion Date: October 2007

Location: East Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Due to the unusual 125' depth of this narrow lot, it was necessary to set back a portion of the street façade, in order to permit light to penetrate the length of the units within. An architectural framework fills the void left by the set back facade, implying a continuation of the building's volume, so as not to disturb the established street wall.With only four stories filling the 55'-0" building envelope, all units in the building have two levels. The building's 10 units vary from studios to two bedroom apartments, all with areas of floor to ceiling glass. The open kitchens and 14'-0" high living rooms provide for an expansive interior for living.The first story duplex units have recreation spaces with natural lighting, in the cellar below. The 125' lot depth is exploited thru excavation of the rear yard to the cellar level providing recreation spaces for two units as well as a separate studio space for one. Other units have access to large rooftop terraces at or above the first floor level. The two fourth floor units have private access to roof top terraces with views of the city skyline.

242 South First Street

Project Manager/Designer: Tamar Kisilevitz, Stephen Conte

Completion Date: August 2007

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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This project is an adaptive reuse and gut renovation of an existing abandoned cheesecake factory in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. It is situated among two and three story buildings. The mustard yellow cast stone and concrete framed structure is in excellent shape, and lends itself to a simple residential conversion with large windows and 11 foot ceilings. The scope of work includes relocating the existing stair core and adding a public stair, and opening up previously closed in masonry openings. A new glass and steel penthouse floor shall be added on the roof to create top-floor duplex apartments, and will provide access to large private terraces and magnificent views of Brooklyn. Our design retains the building’s original industrial character, dating back to 1911, but gives it a residential edge with transparent glass railings on new discrete balconies, and the substitution of the existing loading docks with an access ramp at street level. The building shall remain in its existing color, and the caste iron cornice and first floor façade shall be dark grey. The alteration of the building in compliance with Article 7B of the New York Multiple Dwelling Law permits a new penthouse addition on the roof, which redefines the base and main portion of the building as a three-part façade and completes the building visually by creating a new addition that echoes the classical first floor façade in color and massing but uses glass and steel as a modern expression.

195-199 Humboldt Street

Project Manager/Designer: Tamar Kisilevitz

Completion Date: August 2007

Location: East Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Over the last few years, residential development has pushed into areas that have historically been zoned as manufacturing or commercial. This growth has been spawned by buyers looking for affordable housing, and those searching for opportunities for new development. Aided by the lowest interest rate in years, the two groups have contributed to one of the largest real estate booms in recent memory. Pioneering tenants and buyers are now welcoming locations which never would have been considered previously. "Marginal" or "fringe" neighborhoods are being targeted as prime sites, and new buildings are springing up at every available location. This 25 x100 ft. lot has helped push development forward, allowing a building type which is economical to build and thereby affordable for buyers. Each of the four floors typically house two units, for a total of eight families. There is no elevator and no parking, which allows a greater percentage of the gross building to be useable. The metal grillage and stone facade style of the structure is taken from the monumental buildings surrounding it. Blending with the character of its industrial neighbors creates a unique style of residential building, complementary to the open loft-style apartments contained within.

42 Scholes Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: MAY 2007

Location: East Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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61-63 Conselyea Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: July 2007

Location: East Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Multifamily Residential Building

Skillman Ave.

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: July 2007

Location: Williamsburg

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When looking at the building, one might speculate on the abrupt interruption of the curtain wall by a mass that juts out at the 4th level. The creation of this small volume demonstrates interior elements on the exterior plane. At ground level there is a parking garage for residential use, ample space for recreation, and an outdoor courtyard. Dwelling units have 9 foot ceiling heights, floor to ceiling windows allowing unobstructed natural light to enter, living rooms with large balconies, marble baths, and European cabinetry.

North Henry Street

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 of this project and is demonstrated by celebrating the advantageous corner condition without obstructing the scale of the surroundings. This 4-story building boasts 6 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. The first floor will also accommodate a community facility space and 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.

133 Water St.

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: December 2007

Location: D.U.M.B.O, Brooklyn

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The Gair family developed many of the adjacent properties and these buildings lend their aesthetic qualities to the new structure. And while some of the new developments ignore this richly diverse community by placing Manhattan-style buildings next to these neighboring icons, this new building blends old with new, allowing both to be recognized and appreciated for what they are. Exterior surfaces reveal the varied nature of the interior layouts by using glass window wall systems on the upper level units, most of which have double height ceilings. Turning the mass on a 45 degree angle to the street grid allowed for unique and varied vistas for many units. Triple glazing and acoustically super-insulated exterior walls mask the din of noise emanating from the adjacent Manhattan bridge roadway and transit lines. With commercial spaces at the 1st floor and parking in the cellar, the residential portion on the floors above responds to the New York City Quality Housing Program, mandated by the local residential district. Large units of 1000 square feet for a two bedroom apartment represent a trend that the buyers now demand. Modern amenities include deluxe five piece fixtures in the master bathroom, his and her walk in closets and state of the art kitchen appliances with European cabinetry.

158-160 Manhattan Avenue

Project Manager/Designer: Tamar Kisilevitz

Completion Date: JANUARY 2007

Location: East Willamsburg, Brooklyn

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Over the last few years, residential development has pushed into areas that have historically been zoned as manufacturing or commercial. This growth has been spawned by buyers looking for affordable housing, and those searching for opportunities for new development. Aided by the lowest interest rate in years, the two groups have contributed to one of the largest real estate booms in recent memory. Pioneering tenants and buyers are now welcoming locations which never would have been considered previously. "Marginal" or "fringe" neighborhoods are being targeted as prime sites, and new buildings are springing up at every available location. This 25 x100 ft. lot has helped push development forward, allowing a building type which is economical to build and thereby affordable for buyers. Each of the four floors typically house two units, for a total of eight families. There is no elevator and no parking, which allows a greater percentage of the gross building to be useable. The metal grillage and stone facade style of the structure is taken from the monumental buildings surrounding it. Blending with the character of its industrial neighbors creates a unique style of residential building, complementary to the open loft-style apartments contained within.

96 Woodpoint Road

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: September 2007

Location: East Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Using a palette of metal panel & stucco, a sharp façade composed of angular lines has been pulled from the site At only four stories high, the three double height stories fill the volume of the 60' high building envelope, allowing for dramatic loft-like interiors with floor to ceiling glass. All units have two levels and include open kitchens, generous storage spaces, outdoor recreation spaces, and attractive details that recall elements from the façade within the apartments. At only 25' wide x 85' deep, this irregular lot is now home to ten families and one office, and signifies the dirsction the neighborhood will be taking under the New York City Quality Housing Program. A self imposed height limitation allowed increased floor areas, and increased density, helping to offset higher land costs. Other zoning bonuses we achieved thru providing outdoor recreation spaces, on site laundry, and street tree planting.

335 Warren Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: December 2007

Location: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

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The double height apartment's interior spaces are expressed on the exterior in the large separation that exists between the floor decks. Influenced by the neighborhoods architecture and the roots of the modern architecture movement, the building stands as a testimony to its diverse roots. All units are duplexes, with either storage lofts or cellar recreation rooms. High speed access lines, green building components and a landscaped roof enhance the livability of the units. Giving this common green roof ensured that every unit owner would have some out door space. Chimneys for the mechanical within certain units are expressed on the façade as an element of industrial. Tradition aside, the building has helped fill the gap in its urban fabric with a daring façade.