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2021
Upper West Side Townhouse Restoration
When the Owners, a NY religious not-for-profit organization, bought this 5-story 15,000 sf townhouse in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, they inherited its layout and systems and kept them unchanged, mainly because they did not want to alter the interiors, which they had fallen in love with. Our challenge was to keep the single-family residential feel of the house while making it more functional. The client asked us to synthesize all their requirements in a way that, not only made sense of the building, but also looked integrated, as if nothing had changed. The upper floors were completely reorganized with a total of 12 bedrooms, each with its own bathroom; a 6 stop residential elevator was added, and all the electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems were upgraded. The “historical rooms” were “spruced up” and the exterior brick and stone was cleaned or repaired, as needed. Originally designed as a single‐family townhouse and built in 1901, the building is eligible to the National Register of Historic Buildings as a contributing building to the Riverside – West 105th Street Historic District.
Restoration, Renovation, Rehabilitation
2012
Murray Hill Townhouse
Our clients wanted to transform this five-story townhouse into a modern single family house while keeping its original "old world charm." The house was built in 1869 as a single family house, but later converted to apartments in 1938. Our extensive interior and exterior renovation resulted in 13 bedrooms, 10 baths, laundry, pantry, kitchen, dining, library and various gathering and work rooms. These needed to function well by today's standards, but look as if they had always been there. The exterior facade was cleaned and restored. New windows and exterior doors, a new five-story elevator, new heating, ventilation and AC systems as well as plumbing, electrical, and roofing were installed.
Renovation, Restoration, Rehabilitation
2011
St. Luke's Parish House
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, and it's rectory dating to 1916, stand at the heart of historic East Hampton Village. The Home Sweet Home Museum, a timber lean-to house dating to the 1720's and Mulford Farm are its neighbors to the north. Fronting the Village Green, the new Parish House needed to be, not only sensitive to its historic context, but also a sensible addition to its ancestor buildings. The new building was designed while at Cooper Robertson in the Carpenter Gothic style with select Tudor elements as a nod to the architecture of the rectory. Environmentally sustainable, it features a diverse mix of uses such as a parish hall, vesting room, sacristy, offices, a large kitchen, choir practice room and various classrooms
Sympathetic Addition, Religious Building, Church
2015
Upper East Side Townhouse Kitchen Renovation
Complete renovation of a 1930's classical townhouse kitchen in New York City's Upper East Side. Reflecting the Owners' desire to have more hygienic materials and an efficient layout, it uses stainless steel on the counters and lower cabinets, an island with a quartz top and porcelain floor tiles. The sleek materials and appliances influenced the choice of an Art Moderne aesthetic grounding the room in its 1930's context, which was an important consideration for the Owners.
Renovation, Restoration, Rehabilitation
2007
La Serenisima
This waterfront Dominican Republic villa draws on a variety of Palladian and Anglo-Caribbean precedents including Heron Bay, Ronald Tree's house in Barbados. The minimalistic palette of materials and fixtures - coral stone walls, mahogany doors and windows, metal lamps and gates - were found or made locally. The house is anchored in the Classical tradition and, at the same time, it is part of the local culture. While at Cooper Robertson we added the grand palapa, "Chinese" dining pavilion, and pool cabana to accommodate the Owners' desire to have more livable covered open areas that allowed them to enjoy easy access to outdoor living and the beach while keeping them protected from the intense elements such as sun and rain.
New Classicism, Tropical Architecture, Caribbean Architecture
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