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406 Lorimer street

Project Manager/Designer: Naoyuki Shiiya

Completion Date: November 2005

Location: East Williamsburg

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Using art as a benchmark for the fa栤e, the building's varied materials and seemingly random patterning of windows gives it a "Mondrianic" appearance.Masonry and light gage steel construction, supplemented by Multi-height ceilings on the second and third floors give the apartments a loft-like feeling.The design started off with studies of volumes shifted and rearranged like building blocks. The task of assigning materials came next. Four different materials were used: glass and aluminum, which gave it the sharp and light look. Wood panels are used to balance the cool look of aluminum with the inherent warmth of dark wood. Gray stucco anchors the building on the site.The proportions and arrangement of the different materials allow them to coexist, and contribute to the articulation of the volumes, which is also achieved through required setbacks that create separation through depth.In many cases, the solid "cubes" were elevated or split to reveal glass behind, like gates that open, and which can be closed again at any moment.The result is a very dynamic structure that engages the eye to follow its volumes around the building.

SATORI

Project Manager/Designer: Phillip Fox

Completion Date: December 2006

Location: Carrol Gardens

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The concept for the interior design was Japanese Zen, which is incorporated into the design in many ways:The lobby "brings the outside in" and incorporates nature: lava stone bushhammered flooring carried from the exterior pavement leading to the building; barrisol in highgloss ceilings (giving the feeling of "air") starting in the vestibule and carried to the lobby; bamboo plants on the exterior path, ivy plants in the vestibule and keiri board walls (recycled sorghum plant panels) in the lobby; 'random' pendant light fixture by "Moooi", representing the moon.Open kitchen in a serene light blue polyester base cabinet doors and same color back painted glass for wall cabinet doors. Countertop on side of cabinets continues to floor - inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's "Falling Water"Large living rooms are raised on a platform, inspired by Zen interiors. This gives a feeling of importance to the living room and helps separate spaces in an open space configuration. Floor are black walnut - inspired by the Zen. The uniformity of the walnut wood gives a clean design.In bathrooms, porcelain tiles that are cut to 7/8" strips, installed on the walls and floor give the bathroom a spacious feeling with strong horizontal lines. The faucet has a special feature of a separated spout and control that can be installed up to 13" away from the spout giving convenience of use both for adults and for small children.

Ella 82

Project Manager/Designer: Tamar Kisilevitz

Completion Date: 2006

Location: Greenpoint, Brooklyn

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The concept of contrasting transparent and solid is apparent and constant throughout the building; from the basic façade scheme of free-standing walls placed against large panes of glass, to balcony details and the reflective quality of the various materials.The 9-unit development comprises custom layouts for two and three bedroom apartments, including duplex apartments, terraces, balconies, rooftop areas and a public rear yard that communicates with the building via a steel bridge spanning more than 20 feet over a sunken garden that brings light into the cellar.Each unit enjoys high ceilings, open kitchens with custom sand-blasted glass cabinetry and top of the line appliances, wide plank floors, luxurious five-piece bathrooms, spacious bedrooms and direct access from the elevator.Despite its elegant and serene exterior, the building has a distinct ability to blend into its immediate context of neighboring manufacturing buildings yet keep its residential appearance.

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.

Fusion on 20th

Project Manager/Designer: Eugene Drubestskoy

Completion Date: Completed

Location: South Park Slope

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Located in Brooklyn’s South Park Slope area, Fusion Condominium is a new residential project with 14 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom duplex apartments featuring high-end amenities and stylish, loft-like floor plans. The facades of these twin buildings were not duplicated, but rather, designed to compliment each other and create the look of a single structure. Large expanses of glass bring light into the multi-height interiors at the front and rear elevations, creating strikingly dramatic spaces. Upon entry to a unit, living room heights approach 15 feet. South Park Slope’s architectural mix of wood frame and brick homes gives the area an eclectic look and feel. The design is inspired by the feeling of the surrounding area, the image of breaking the building's mass into narrow horizontal and vertical stripes, and the notion of conserving the building envelop by a dynamic composition of interactions between lines and materials. The project is composed of a blend of four types of materials, light stucco, dark grey brick, metal panels and glass. Large amounts of exterior glass provide fabulous views and help to maintain the connection to the surrounding neighborhood.

'The Mynt'

Project Manager/Designer: Eugene Drubestskoy

Completion Date: May 2008

Location: Bedford-Stuyvesant

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A modern design of masonry, stucco and metal panels creates a building that is striking yet homey. Projecting bay elements create window seats in many apartments, and continue as stair bulkheads for top floor apartments to access private roof gardens. The building interiors have ten foot ceilings that give way to tall windows throughout. Outdoor common space abounds at the main roof, second floor, above the commercial space at the first floor, and at every other floor adjacent to the elevator lobbies. A fitness center at the ground floor, a large parking garage in the cellar and washer/dryers in each unit afford the tenant aspects which are customary for modern living. This 63,000 square foot development fosters affordability of first-time condominium dwellers by providing reasonably priced units with many amenities. Its extraordinary design, spacious and light-filled apartment layouts and commercial amenities all bolster a sense of pride and well-being within this up and coming community.

196-200 South 2nd Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: December 2008

Location: East Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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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.

Manhattan Park Condos

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: Completed

Location: McCarren Park, Brooklyn

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We designed the Manhattan Park Condominium to create a high-rise gateway to much smaller, modest residential buildings, and introduce a fresh attitude toward visual qualities on the border of Brooklyn’s North-Side - Greenpoint neighborhoods. With large balconies, glass curtain wall and wood panel cladding, the new fourteen-family building offers buyers private elevator access to each unit, with only two units per floor, and, in turn, offers the community a rich scenic venue. Concrete, glass, steel and imported Spanish wood paneling make up Manhattan Park’s visually captivating exterior. Its focal point is an aesthetically impressive glass curtain wall, with Mondrian-like geometric patterns, that extends from the building’s base to its top.

888 Fulton Street

Project Manager/Designer: Daniel Yunatanov

Completion Date: March 2009

Location: Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

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Eight loft-style apartments on four floors with light-filled interiors and large floor-to-ceiling windows that show off views of open sky.

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.

Union Avenue Condos

Project Manager/Designer: Stephen Conte

Completion Date: Under Construction

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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South First Street

Project Manager/Designer: David Blaustein

Completion Date: Completed

Location: East Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Irregularly shaped properties yield unique buildings as a result of the design challenges faced. The lot for this buildings had an irregular shape with a side tail of 20' deep x 25' wide, which required a back yard , leaving eight feet of interior space for the building at that point. This was not enough for a bedroom or a living room and so it houses the kitchens, affording them an excess of light and air as a luxury. On the exterior this tail is visually separated from the main volume by a glass corner running the full height of the building set within a terracotta frame. To make better use of the 25' width, there is a side balcony when owners can enjoy a morning coffee or a cigarette - disconnecting the terra cotta box from a seemingly "floating" concrete block wall. Under the terra cotta 'box' is the entry to the lobby of 211 south 1st Street. The main box has a white frame to accentuate the proportions of the rectangular mass. This bos is floating above a glass base recessed 12" to create a subtle cantilever.

218 North 8th Street

Project Manager/Designer: Yury Yagudayev

Completion Date: JANUARY 2009

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Visit: http://www.hkorganization.com/

A new high-end condominium with soaring 14 foot high ceilings and huge windows that offer light, sky and views

42 Scholes Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: MAY 2007

Location: East Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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99Gold

Project Manager/Designer: David Blaustein

Completion Date: Completed

Location: Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn

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Vinegar Hill is a historic Brooklyn neighborhood adjacent to D.U.M.B.O (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). It is the only neighborhood in northwest Brooklyn that maintains its early 1900’s old world style in a charming five block square, just east of the Manhattan Bridge anchorage. 99Gold is a renewal pioneer in the area’s industrial landscape. The upscale 88-unit loft conversion offers the latest trend in stylish city living, redefining the 19th-century concrete and block building, originally designed to house and supply New York’s souvenir market. The floor plan for this rectangular concrete structure was rotated on a carefully calculated angle, which allows for Manhattan views from each and every apartment, without creating awkward unusable spaces within. All apartments, ranging from 600 square foot studios to 2,000 square foot penthouses, enjoy high ceilings, floor to ceiling and wall-to-wall windows and balconies. When viewed from across the East River, the building seems like a cruise ship floating on the water. A penthouse addition and recreational roof deck, along with extensive glazing and bright white exteriors, complete the building’s nautical atmosphere. As a result of this project and others that are following in its footsteps, the district has been transformed into the ideal neighborhood for successful artists and professionals with a taste for sophisticated urban living; it provides another link in connecting Brooklyn’s downtown neighborhoods. The total budget for this building was $12,600,000.00. The average cost per square foot was $165.00.

224 Richmond Terrace

Project Manager/Designer: Ilana Kushnir

Completion Date: FEBRUARY 2009

Location: Saint George, Staten Island

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395 South Second Street

Project Manager/Designer: Tamar Kisilevitz

Completion Date: November 2005

Location: East Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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The design of the building utilizes the flexibility of design with stucco, aluminum and glass in an innovative way. The massing is sensitive in that it bridges the adjacent 6-story building with a 2-story building in a stepped fashion. The second and third floor have two apartments each, while the first and fourth floor are full-floor duplexes. The 14 foot high ceilings, when combined with the angled rear walls and generous fenestration, create an ideal living environment in the city.

Smith-Grey Condominium

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr., Eugene Drubestskoy

Completion Date: April 2004

Location: Williamsburg

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The Smith – Gray Condominium project is a complete gut renovation and conversion into loft style apartments, along with the addition of two floors on the roof. The building is a well known, dramatic cast iron building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which was converted into 40 unique loft style apartments, ranging in size from studio condominium to 3-bed room penthouses apartments. Our design approach was focused in several areas, including a long process of selecting the most appropriate color for the restored facades, which has made the building extremely pleasing to the public. The apartment layouts take full advantage of light and air, and all mechanical and plumbing shafts were consolidated to create an environmentally conscious design. The renovation of this distinctive building constituted the preservation of a Brooklyn landmark, and spurred the conversion and development of over 15 projects within a one block range. It has, in addition, managed to attract many young professional buyers to this rapidly gentrifying community by providing a luxurious lifestyle with state of the art interiors in a classical setting.

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

56-60 MASPETH

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: Completed

Location: East Williamsburg

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56-60 Maspeth Avenue is a modern loft building designed to allow a greater feeling of vertical space. Most apartments have over 14 feet of clear ceiling height on the main levels. Large expanses of glass cause light to flood the interior spaces. The third building to be constructed along this block front, the emphasis was to set it apart from its equally contemporary neighbors. Brick masonry and metal panels make up the exterior material palette. Glass railings make the exterior "Juliet balconies" fade away. The entries are marked by deep recesses, which help to signify arrival. The interiors are finished with exotic hand wood floors and simple cut moldings. The bathrooms have stone tile and European fixtures and finishes. The kitchen floors are a continuation of the living spaces with frosted glass cabinetry doors and stainless steel appliances and trim. A computerized video doorman secures the tenants and computer, phone and date wiring allow for modern apartment living in this small urban oasis.

Bowery Hotel & Residence

Project Manager/Designer: Tamar Kisilevitz

Completion Date: December 2005

Location: NoHo, NYC

Visit: https://www.theboweryhotel.com/

The Bowery Tower plan consists of 90,000 square feet to be developed as residential, hospitality, commercial, and retail facilities. The commercial / retail components are located on the cellar, first and second floors, supporting a hotel building flanked by the ten story residential tower above. Additional uses include large roof terraces for the guests and resideNts and generous corridors and lobbies for the hotel portion. The basic principles that informed the design for the Bowery Tower were: -The creation of a focal point for a prominent intersection along New York's famed Bowery. -Tying this relatively large building into the vibrant neighborhood that surrounds and supports it. -Providing a variety of open spaces that maximize panoramic views of New York City. -Floor layouts that maintain a level of control and direction for future growth.

Franklin & Lexington

Project Manager/Designer: Mary Butterworth

Completion Date: Completed

Location: Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

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The new 8000 square foot residential development at the corner of Franklin and Lexington avenues in Brooklyn, is an opportunity to further develop a series of programmatic explorations. The intention is a reductive design scheme for this building type that maximizes, in the most efficient way possible, the relationship between what is required in the building and the desire for grand uninterrupted spaces with maximum light, air and views. The design concept, functional distribution and aesthetic for the building can be reduced into four basic elements, ideally expressed as "blocks": A "connector block" includes entries and circulation, the "dry block" represents living rooms and bedrooms, the "wet block" contains kitchens and bathrooms, and the "base block" anchors the building with utility rooms and a parking garage. Serving a clear function in the building, each of these elements can be identified in the design or visually extruded from it, maintaining its integrity both inside and out. The façade is true to the design concept, and is a mere expression of the location of floor slabs, enclosed and open spaces that are continued outward, and the relationship between the four basic elements that constitute a universal "kit of parts" in a very individual custom design.

3070 Brighton First

Project Manager/Designer: Eugene Drubestskoy

Completion Date: November 2008

Location: Brighton Beach, Brooklyn

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SPRING Condos

Project Manager/Designer: Stephen Conte

Completion Date: Completed

Location: East Williamsburg

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In Up-and-Coming East Williamsburg there is a wave of new Architecture being introduced into a neighborhood that was once void of diverse architecture. This building echoes the notion of connection and disconnection of a site, while adding to the list of new buildings that are changing the landscape of a new Brooklyn. The glass and spandrel glass weave an interlocking, complex grid onto the facade, while the warm, rich texture of the Spanish wood panels grounds the building to the site.

EVRY Condos

Project Manager/Designer: Tamar Kisilevitz, Mary Butterworth, LEED AP

Completion Date: Nearing Completion

Location: East Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Two new "twin" buildings, with seven apartments in each.

Guernsey St. Condos

Project Manager/Designer: Tamar Kisilevitz

Completion Date: Completed

Location: Greenpoint, Brooklyn

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New Six Family Residential Condominium

444 Humboldt Street

Project Manager/Designer: Tamar Kisilevitz, Mary Butterworth, LEED AP

Completion Date: November 2008

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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New six family residential condominium

Saint Marks Place

Project Manager/Designer: Tamar Kisilevitz

Completion Date: June 2006

Location: Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

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The "Jewel" of these two seemingly ordinary buildings is the two duplex units in the center that provide a focal point for the interlocking of two squares. The facade is further articulated through the "tearing apart" of the closing points for the squares, in a way that plays with the eye, and provides a small balcony at the same time.

124 West 10th

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: January 2005

Location: Greenwich Village

Visit: http://blessoproperties.com/

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.

63-67 Stagg Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: July 2005

Location: East Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Finding the perfect mix of unit size and exterior style can make one project more successful over another. Constructed in an area of small multifamily mid-rise masonry buildings, this uniquely designed structure houses eight families in a condominium complex of three buildings. With two apartments on each of four floors, each unit has front and rear exposures. The concept for the plan layout was achieved by interlocking and reversing a mirrored geometry, which helped maximize the square footage per room in each apartment. This concept also fostered the undulating masonry facade pattern that is key to the clean look of the building. By expanding the height to the maximum limits permitted by the New York zoning resolution, this small building makes a big statement.

Boerum place

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: January 2002

Location: Boerum Hill

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Boerum Gardens is a new three-story and cellar light-gauge steel frame building, which includes 29 condominium apartments, private parking and public areas, all contained in 27,600 square feet. The development is located in the up and coming Boerum Hill neighborhood in Brooklyn. The site was a long vacant lot in a prominent corner location. This fact presented an opportunity to create a low-rise contextual building grouping, which attracted families and revived this previously blighted land. The combination of masonry, stucco and stone in concert distinguishes the site as an anchor building, which works with and enhances the adjacent existing neighborhood structures. Its modest scale and bulk utilize all floor area, as a benefit of the New York City quality housing program.

138 West 124th Street

Project Manager/Designer: Eugene Drubestskoy

Completion Date: June 2008

Location: Harlem, USA

Visit: https://www.corcoran.com/

"Loft 124" is Harlem's newest condominium development and the only one offering true loft living.

South Second Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: December 2008

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Situated in the heart of a growing district in Williamsburg, the materiality of the façade was an important factor in the driving force behind the project. The use of Zinc panels on the façade brings a cutting edge look to the evolution of the site and the neighborhood. Another unique aspect of this building is the effervescent pattern of the window openings that allow animated views of the exterior and the interior of the building. The combination of the materiality and the patterning of the façade in this building opens up the possibilities for an idea rich and innovative context to flourish in that particular area of Brooklyn.

433 Warren Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: JANUARY 2009

Location: Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

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The building is designed to connect a row of brick structures with varying colors along the street to the new modern building by creating a black brick envelope along that street frontage. The other side of the building is clad with aluminum panels, which articulates this facade and separates it from an adjacent independent stucco building on the corner. Additionally, the aluminum serves to connect the garage doors at grade level to the side of the building. The theme of connection and separation is further expressed through the use of balconies and stucco elements that project slightly beyond the face of the brick and aluminum and hint toward the function of the building’s interiors.

Carroll Street

Project Manager/Designer: Alex Zhitnik, RA

Completion Date: Completed

Location: Park Slope

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"The Lumberyard Condominium" is a new residential development that houses eighteen beautiful apartments with spectacular Prospcet Park and and New York skyline views.

East 53rd Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: August 2005

Location: Upper East side-Manhattan

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325 East 53rd Street was designed to address the needs of the affluent homebuyer of Manhattan. Large family style apartments were required in a setting that would be a-typical to the traditional brownstone or walk-up building. An elevator was a mandate in order to give all the units outdoor recreation spaces, which could only be accommodated on the roof. The design for this building was determined by the context of, and the desire to create an urban statement. While cut stone was the original material to be used throughout the facade, it was later determined that a mixture of masonry would be added in order to make the building aesthetics more appealed. A tripartite facade contains a base, middle and top was used to keep a classically massed scheme. A combination of poured-in-place concrete and masonry block bearing walls was used due to its inherent strength, flexibility and ease of erection. All apartments contain individual heating systems, which employ separately zoned heating and cooling units. The final cost of construction was $2.8 million.

125 North 10

Project Manager/Designer: Yury Yagudayev

Completion Date: March 2006

Location: Northside, Brooklyn

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Residential development in Brooklyn's emerging neighborhoods yielded many new projects constructed throughout 2003. As sites became increasingly harder to find, developers pushed their boundaries to more up-and-coming areas. Recognizing the scarcity of residential housing, The City Planning Commission modified zoning districts, boundaries and use regulations allowing for greater availability of sites. New neighborhoods began to form in areas where manufacturing and warehousing were once the norm. The entire Northwestern boundary along the waterfront (including Williamsburg and Greenpoint), became fodder for the planner's dreams. Designed using traditional and modern materials, the facades of the buildings represent a modern, clean style - typical of our firm's work.

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.

Metropolitan Avenue

Project Manager/Designer: Stephen Conte

Completion Date: December 2006

Location: Williamsburg

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The building acts as a threshold that respects its material surroundings. Emphasis is placed on the verticality of the narrow lot by dividing the proportions of the elevation into two volumes: public (living space) and private (sleeping space). The building is didactic in the sense that the level of each floor is evident on the facade, which helps delineate a scale to the residential portion. The proportions of the long rectilinear volumes create a shift in scale to manufacturing.

The South Tower

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: 2008

Location: Brooklyn, NY

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This 190-foot tall, 80,000.0 square foot tower is a mixed use development constructed above a single story base on a currently vacant lot. The building's base will house medical offices, an executive parking garage, retail shops and public spaces. The building is conceived as a freestanding sculptural element placed within the cityscape. While most residential or office towers are static objects in the skyline, marked by typical floors and repetition, the design concept for this unique project presents the residential building from a different perspective: it is developed to provide the tower with movement and keep its structural forces evident.

Brighton 8th Street

Project Manager/Designer: Yuriy Menzak

Completion Date: September 2006

Location: Brighton Beach

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This luxurious loft style condominium building stands tall within an irregularly shaped lot, which stimulated trivial design issues earlier on in the project. The street façade of expresses the integration of several visually balanced masses, introducing a new experience into rapidly changing neighborhood. The brick plane incorporates large picture windows and two separate semi circular balconies projecting from the façade. The concrete volume that juts out from the façade is flooded by a wall of windows with the interruption of a balcony on the 4th level. The stucco balconies vary in their dimensions and are placed in accordance with the individual floor layouts. Elements of luxury living are carried thorugh to the interiors, with high ceilings, lavish finishes and fixtures.

The North star

Project Manager/Designer: Roberto de los Rios

Completion Date: May 2006

Location: Harlem, USA

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The future of FDB 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. With this in mind, The North Star does not seek to detach itself from its surroundings, and considers future ones as well. The idea of contrasting the old and blighted with modern materials such as metal panels over a light stud wall and glass curtain wall was key in the façade design. Stucco serves as a sympathetic element that does not overwhelm its surroundings. With two apartments per floor and one apartment per floor on the top three floors, the ten story slender tower will enjoy amenities such as a gym and a bicycle room at the first floor. Concrete slab floors spin off a central structural core that houses the stairs and elevators, leaving the apartment layouts open and void of structure, and minimizing unused circulation space.

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.

34 Crook Avenue

Project Manager/Designer: Yury Yagudayev

Completion Date: March 2009

Location: Prospect Heights

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Due to an irregularly shaped triangular lot and an unusual array of surrounding conditions concerning adjacent buildings, the twenty-three unit, seven-story structure comfortably acquires the shape of the lot in order to appreciate the best and highest use. The front façade expresses the directional interchange of an explicit relationship between two well-defined volumes. Such distinction between the forms is reached through a variety of materials, colors, setbacks and vertical/horizontal defiance. The one and two-bedroom layouts enjoy private exterior areas such as balconies and/or terraces, top of the line bathroom and kitchen design, and large expanses of glass allowing vast quantities of sun light into the space. The building features a number of amenities new to the area such as accessory parking, an integrated, state of the art gymnasium with a double height ceiling, interrupted by a steel bridge that leads to the 400 plus square foot recreation room. By means of meticulous selection in materials and a conscientious analysis of scale, this condominium enjoys an innovative image yet stands respectful to the quiet residential character of the area.

South 2nd Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: August 2005

Location: Williamsburg

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14 4th Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: November 2008

Location: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

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The coexistence of two extremes, private and public, is the foundation for the building's design, which is an expression of its location. Wedged between a quiet and underdeveloped street and a bustling cultural and culinary district, the building carries one very sober idea and morphs it into a dynamic thought by dividing the front wall into an expression of private and public. One half of the front wall hides bedrooms and reveals interiors only in small portions thorough discretely placed long windows formed in the stucco cement facade, while its counterpart reveals living rooms with dramatic floor to ceiling glass walls, inviting the environment inward.

Marcy Avenue

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: November 2006

Location: Willamsburg

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Situated just across from the Brooklyn Queens Connecting Highway, the intent of this 36,000 square foot residential development is to shelter its residents from the energies of such a high traffic zone, while providing a point of refuge within the green tranquility of the residents' courtyard. With its 28 rental units and medical office space, the $7 million development incorporates an effervescent pattern of window openings to animate the façade walls from both the interior and the exterior of the building. Additionally, to simplify the design and construction only four window sizes are specified in the front façade. The aim of such a tactic was to allow the residents to focus on the pattern of the interior wall plane rather than be distracted by the less than desirable exterior views afforded by the project's siting. The building contrasts the contextual rigor of its immediate neighbor and seeks to manifest the ongoing transformation of the outlying neighborhood. It's a vibrant but simple building for an exciting new neighborhood.

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.

Grand Avenue

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: February 2006

Location: Clinton Hill

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The lot lines are re-established to provide a logical yet intrinsic connection within the buildings. Therefore, the enlarged façade area around the buildings allows for each unit to acquire more windows experiencing more views. A combination of steel columns and concrete block walls set the basis for the vertical elements of the structure while a mixture of steel beams and concrete floor slabs provide the stability for each floor. Each apartment is designed to include double height living rooms and main bedroom. A tight core of kitchens and bathrooms serve these areas and convene all major mechanical and plumbing shafts to attain cluster-free living spaces while reducing the cost of the building significantly. The innovative curtain- window design will permit a large amount of natural light and accentuate the loft-like social area of each unit. Assorted materials such as brick, stone and stucco will furnish the building with an elegant yet innovative exterior which truly represents the units it boasts.

345 Union Avenue

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: February 2008

Location: East Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Filling in the gaps of existing street wall requires restraint to avoid overpowering the neighborhood and should create a statement at the same time. For this particular structure, we attempted to do just that. Alignment of streetwall height and continuation of materials allow old and new to co-exist. The rear of the building provides a greater vertical scale than the front because the entire rear yard has been excavated down to the cellar level. The varying articulations on the façade help to signify the differing interiors. Living rooms have floor to ceiling windows, while bedrooms have glass sliding doors with balconies and high clerestory windows. The evolution of this building type continues, culminating in this loft style, 25 X 100 lot walk-up. In addition to the loft space, interiors are fitted with European style bath fixtures, wood and glass cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, glass vanities with rainfall fixtures and stone finishes.

La Mer Villas at the Marina

Project Manager/Designer: Alex Zhitnik

Completion Date: Completed

Location: Sheepshead Bay

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The owner's desire was too develop a residential complex, which would include several types of dwelling units, a limited amount of commercial floor area, a parking garage and a marina. The project was developed around the idea of creating two open spaces: one public facing the street and the other private facing the waterfront and marina. With its location along the Sheepshead Bay waterfront, this project helps define urban waterfront living.

Pacific Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: March 2006

Location: Clinton Hill

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New buildings are meant to enhance their context. Offsetting grey brick veneer against the different tones of stucco and aluminum creates a visually interesting composition. White stucco element wrapping around the building give it a sense of lightness, or "passing through". The vertical line of black stucco along the left side of the building ties together the various elements in the façade. Punched round windows in the center give the viewer a visual break from the grid of the facade.

Dekalb Avenue

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: June 2006

Location: Clinton Hill

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Varying heights and multiple setbacks create playful juxtapositions of massing. Punched windows with grid-like mullions are setoff against striated glass curtain walls. Different tones of grey stucco can also enhance the rhythm of the facade.

The Williamsburg East

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: June 2006

Location: East Williamsburg

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An abandoned one story warehouse building is converted and enlarged to create a special residential development with single unit apartments on each of the new upper floors. By following the New York City Zoning Resolution for height factor calculations and alternate sky exposure planes, a tower rises from the existing base of the building without setbacks or offsets. These two bedroom - two bath floor plans contain separate utility rooms for heating and cooling units as well as a hot water heater and laundry rooms. Elevators open directly into the apartments, which, when coupled with the ten foot clear ceiling height and open kitchens, create a loft like feel to the units for the buyers that is a tribute to the original artist loft concept. Multiple balconies at the front and rear give 360 The base of the building was converted into parking and a small medical office, while the non-conforming use was continued as a studio for the owner of the development, a proficient artist. This space will serve as the Brooklyn location for his creations. The upper floors of the building contain have two units with double height spaces. With no neighboring buildings at this height, the buyers of these units will enjoy unobstructed views form every room.

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.

160-166 Scholes Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: March 2008

Location: East Willamsburg, Brooklyn

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A quiet revolution is occurring on a sleepy East Williamsburg block. Within this mixed-use district, dozens of new buildings are being constructed. Small walk up, multi-family residential buildings have been the rule in the area. Every vacant lot is ripe for development. Maintaining the individuality of this four building group by putting separate entries, stairs and utilities, meant that a parking lot (considered less crucial to sales), could be eliminated. This freed up the cellar and ground floor area to become garden duplex apartments. Masonry was chosen as an exterior veneer system, complimentary to the finish of many of the surrounding structures. Exposed masonry continues on the interior walls of the living rooms, which in most cases are over 15 feet high A simple palate of masonry, glass and pre-caste stone creates a modern façade reminiscent of brick used in the early days of Louis Kahn. A strong building presence closes the gap in the street wall. The loft-style interiors create a style of living, which has become the norm in this burgeoning community.

Carlton Avenue

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: March 2006

Location: Clinton Hill

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Creating a solid surface by using aluminum louvers as screens achieves an effect through which the eye reads the building as a geometric shape; a stone box divided by a cross shape filled in by louvers. Subtle detail variances, such as the louvers wrapping around the building or the offset window in the dormers, give this otherwise symmetric building the much needed asymmetry it deserves.

East 14th Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: August 2006

Location: Midwood

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On a unique corner lot on a quiet Midwood block, a special building was created to meet the demand for young families eager to remain in Brooklyn. Built within the context of small scale apartment buildings in the area, this modern interpretation makes a bold statement in an otherwise sedate setting. Large expanses of glass and an extensive use of metal panels and trim created a style that blends with, yet separates itself from its milieu. Family style simplex and duplex apartments of two and three bedrooms with a ground floor medical office space and parking garages capture all of the floor area and bulk permitted by the Quality Housing Program of the New York City Zoning Resolution.

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.

Clinton Avenue

Project Manager/Designer: Ilana Kushnir

Completion Date: March 2006

Location: Clinton Hill

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Utilizing existing buildings can be a daunting undertaking when the aesthetic character contradicts a modern vernacular. This existing structure presented such a challenge. Built to house a population of 50 children, this modest 1930's two story brick building, represented an institutional style inherent in buildings of that period. By maintaining the original facade and enveloping it in the new addition, its historic nature could be preserved and a design was created that acts as a backdrop to this small jewel. A simple palette of modern finishes, including brick and metal panels, provide a clean, minimalist backdrop to the remaining structure. Large expanses of glass and high ceilings give the new apartments a light and airy feeling. Other amenities include a full service parking garage, exercise and meeting rooms, outdoor recreation decks, Italian kitchen and bath cabinetry, European fixtures and marble and granite finishes. A large medical office at the first floor makes this a mixed use development. These new residential opportunities into the Clinton Hill Historic District will assist with the stability of the area.

32nd Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: May 2006

Location: Greenwood

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Designed to fit in with neighboring brownstones, this small new building has a stoop with wrought iron railings, a front yard and wood framed windows.

Bay Parkway

Project Manager/Designer: Ilana Kushnir

Completion Date: October 2005

Location: Bensonhurst

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Bensonhurst is an older area of Brooklyn, with solid housing and commercial strips. Many of its residents are first and second generation immigrants, who settled here for its excellent public schools, variety of housing styles and eclectic mix of commercial establishments. Bay Parkway and 65th Street have long been a stable residential intersection in the neighborhood. Sites for new buildings here are rare, and when one comes up it serves as a recipe for a successful development. The creation of a mixed-use building containing two levels and a cellar, with a commercial base and apartments above, ensured a successful economic mix within the building. Masonry, metal panels and curtain wall allowed the building facade to fit into the neighborhood, and make its own individual statement as well. Giving all the apartments outdoor space and large rooms, the waiting list for purchase grew while the building was still under construction. Its close proximity to public transportation and shopping areas added to the demand for this development.

Powers Street

Project Manager/Designer: Ronny Cohen-Piotraut

Completion Date: November 2005

Location: East Williamsburg

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Comprised of three existing two story buildings on three separate zoning lots, this new development created two ten family buildings that total in 11,000 square feet and appear as one building on a 75 foot by 100 foot parcel in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The construction cost was $2.2 million, at $200 per square foot. In an attempt to preserve the brick base of the buildings, a complex interlocking of old and new is achieved through the anchoring of the base of the previous building’s front and imposing an entirely new addition over it. Stucco and glass curtain wall played upon the elements to relieve what otherwise might have been a heavy looking top. A stone arched entry marks a special place on the building and, through color and simplicity of detailing, shifts the eye down toward street level. This created a unique façade, which uses the original material (brick) at the base of the building, and introduces a modern material throughout the two additional stories (stucco). Aluminum panels highlight the connection between brick and stucco, and articulate these meeting points. Double height windows with large single sheets of glass express the integrity of this articulation and act as tall, slender cuts that are inserted at the place where old and new meet. These windows provide the top floors with a fantastic view of the Manhattan skyline.

Bedford Avenue

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: September 2006

Location: Williamsburg

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Bedford Avenue is fast becoming a prime housing and commercial area for this burgeoning group. Long a major traffic artery, the avenue was modified to one- way northbound traffic several years ago in an attempt to relieve congestion and move vehicles to the downtown Brooklyn core. A housing stock of older prewar apartment buildings, row houses and a mix of commercial and industrial buildings make the avenue an eclectic palette of facades, uses and materials. It was paramount to create a mixed-use building, able to house large families and provide much needed commercial space. A building facade integrating contextual detailing in a modern package allows new and old to co-exist together. Traditional materials of masonry and stone blend together with metal paneling and synthetic stucco. Distinct facades create a look attractive to residential as well as commercial owners. Outdoor space, including large roof terraces and balconies, provide an amenity, which is more a necessity within this religious culture. The success of the project is enhanced by its ability to be contextual with its neighbors, helping to make a transition between the heights of the adjacent buildings.

Park Avenue

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: March 2006

Location: Williamsburg

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Building in this community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn requires a knowledge of lifestyle that dictates the program and layout of the units within. Families numbering eight to twelve members typically reside in one apartment. Four to five bedrooms give the necessary space to these rapidly growing families. At 15 - 1900 sq. ft., they are larger than the majority of apartments being provided today and fill a niche that has been ignored by most builders. All apartments have expansive kosher kitchens with separate Passover kitchens and dinette areas to accommodate the families. A separate dining room is the focus of the design layout. An oversized utility room containing a full size washer/dryer, water heater, furnace and air conditioning turns each apartment into a self-contained unit. A variety of masonry colors and simple detailing and a stone base provide a contemporary look to this classically laid out building.

West 9th Street

Project Manager/Designer: Alex Zhitnik

Completion Date: January 2004

Location: Carroll Gardens

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Built on a busy street in Carroll Gardens, this 10 unit building creates a transition between two very different zoning districts. As a result of regulations that varied the maximum allowed height, this structure takes its cues from the stepped forms around it. Simple, crisp lines with bold details create the concept for the façade. Masonry, metal panels and stucco as surfacing materials accentuate the striking forms. Utilizing the maximum amount of area required the excavation of almost two levels of earth. Seven floors were then constructed above, making the buildings highest point 70'. This created an instant neighborhood landmark which added to the Brooklyn skyline as seen from the adjacent expressway and many of the streets. The unique design of this mixed-use building can help generate the sales necessary to make it a success.

South 3rd Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: January 2006

Location: East Williamsburg

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Building a multifamily, elevator building on a 25 ft. lot requires utilization of space achieved in naval design. Every foot of space must be conserved to allow for a minimum of circulation and a maximum of apartment area. A front and rear layout further reduces the circulation to allow for greater room size. Large windows flood the apartments both front and rear with natural light. A simple palette of materials including wood veneers, stone, stucco and metal panel make a modern composition that is striking and elegant. The verticality of the building is dramatic and helps to seal the gap between the two existing buildings. The layering of material is continued on the rear using window bays to dramatize the feel of the spaces and this motif is continued on the inside spaces. An unusual feature in this development is the fully excavated yard, which has a small two story studio space accessible only through an outdoor garden space from the rear apartments. Stone bathrooms with wood vanities and glass shower enclosures are standard features in all apartments and modern kitchens with European cabinetry and stainless steel appliances add to the custom look of these units.

East 13th Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: July 2005

Location: Midwood

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Development in the Midwood section of Brooklyn has long since included the construction and alteration of many single and two family homes. Few if any small multi-family condominium projects have been developed since the majority of the community did not embrace this lifestyle. However, with the costs of land and homes at an all time high, the prospects of finding affordable housing has cultivated a demand for this building type. A 40 x 100 city lot is the staple for residential development, and if zoned for higher density it can take advantage of the Condominium Development trend. With twelve units in total, these two six-family four story walk up buildings share a common elevator and a continuous facade. Square footage is use to a maximum through efficient use of space, high ceilings and loft spaces, complimented by large expanses of glass and state of the art equipment. Each unit has access to outdoor recreation space or balconies. Metal paneling on the façade provides a traditional contextual relationship while introducing modern design touches. Parking garages are used as a buffer from the street and relieves some issues of parking off site. With the guidance of the quality housing program, 1014-1016 East 13th Street, fills the gap in the market, allowing entry level single or young couples or partly retired empty nester's a location with a bold architectural statement.

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.

Leonard Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: June 2005

Location: Williamsburg

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Along with comprehensive re-zoning efforts, McCarren Park's redevelopment and revitalization has spawned the interest of the local development community. One example for this trend in the building at 415 Leonard Street. Built as a phased development, it will be one of the first structures erected under this new urban plan. Its modest seven story height emphasizes its presence through extensive finishes: two colors of masonry, metal panels and large windows, which give the project its distinctive character. Defining elements such as folded metal roofs break down the length of the facade and accentuate the individual apartments beneath them. Balcony projections and tall window elements contribute to the overall design motif, while cut stone bands and a contrasting brick help ground the structure to the prominent corner on which it sits. Ample below and on grade parking are just the beginning of the amenities which include state of the art appliances, Italian designed cabinetry, imported tiles and specialty hardwood flooring. A doorman, fitness center, meeting room and individual cellar storage spaces complete the hi-end character of this project.

East 10th Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: December 2008

Location: Lower East Side

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Constructing a new four story addition to top an existing two story non-conforming structure is no small task with many complicated parts. This type of alteration requires the ability to weave old into new and create a final product that speaks to the neighborhoods vocabulary. Reducing the footprint of the addition to maintain the required rear yard and provide light and air for the units allowed for only two units per floor. Both front and back units are provided with exterior balconies, open kitchens and marble baths. Simple, open floor plans allow for the units to be divided by creating a partition in the living room that closes off the dining area. Hardwood floors throughout with large windows and high ceiling created the luminous and spacious feeling within the spaces. The existing first and second floors were preserved and the first floor was opened up to create one large space while the second floor was divided into three small units. A stair from the public sidewalk was constructed to the cellar floor to make this level more marketable to a commercial tenant. This project further enhances the development of Manhattan's Lower East Side and creates a higher return for the building owner.

Eckford Street

Project Manager/Designer: Ilana Kushnir

Completion Date: October 2004

Location: North Side

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Building a structure that takes advantage of the Manhattan skyline views and the adjacent Maclaren Park in the Northside section of Brooklyn required a slender tower design. While the resurgence of this massing type, in certain limited districts, is an example of how a variety of building masses can coexist along a single block; it shows that tall can be beautiful too. Varying the exterior finish materials from masonry to stucco on a prefabricated panel allowed for a unique look that breaks down the building's perceived height to a scale that is contextual to the neighbors, and identifies the different unit type's, duplexes and flats. By retaining the existing two-story factory as a base for the new building, tenant amenities such as on-site parking, a meeting room, private gym, sun deck, wine cellar, bike and storage rooms and a large lobby were made possible. The resulting development creates a lifestyle and a look that any owner would envy.

North 7th Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: March 2004

Location: Williamsburg

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This project is an 8-family condominium complex, located in the trendy Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg. This area is considered to be Brooklyn's answer to Manhattan's SoHo, with small boutiques and multi-cultural restaurants lining Bedford Avenue. The building consists of 2 duplex apartments on the first floor, and 2 apartments. The design concept for the facade was drawn from the industrial quality of the surrounding buildings, utilizing modern building technologies such as a glass curtain wall with massive steel beams. When completed, the building will contribute to the local community by stretching the boundaries of typical brick buildings that surround it. The glass components of the facade, as well as the apartment balconies, are treated with varying levels of opacity, which convey a sense of openness, while providing privacy for the spaces behind it.

Bedford Av.

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: June 2005

Location: Williamsburg

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This mixed use building is part of a continuing effort stretch the boundaries of the trendy Williamsburg neighbor-hood south, toward the downtown Brooklyn area. A commercial first floor provides a visual base for the fifteen loft-style apartments above, which are organized in a variety of one and two bedroom configurations, each equipped with high ceilings. The massing of the building, its design and the materials used are an expression of the changes that the neighborhood is undergoing. Red brick was used to tie the building into its context. While some apartments enjoy large roof terraces, a public rear yard provides outdoor recreation space for residents.