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State Street Townhouse / Ben Hansen Architect

  • 01:00 - 14 November, 2014
State Street Townhouse / Ben Hansen Architect
State Street Townhouse / Ben Hansen Architect, © Francisc Dzikowski Photography Inc.
© Francisc Dzikowski Photography Inc.

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  • Structural Engineer

    Harry Hong
  • Mechanical Eng

    Kam Chiu
  • Contractor

    Fulton General Contractor
  • Site Area

    160 sqm
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© Francisc Dzikowski Photography Inc.
© Francisc Dzikowski Photography Inc.

Text description provided by the architects. In many ways, the historic New York City townhouse is not compatible with a contemporary family’s way of life.  The first and most important concept was to reinterpret the classic townhouse but customize it to the client’s request of having a join family space at the parlor level, where members of the family move fluidly between the kitchen, dining and living rooms; and have a visual and program connection with the rear courtyard; another interpretation of the typical American family house but in an urban context.

© Francisc Dzikowski Photography Inc.
© Francisc Dzikowski Photography Inc.

The rest of the floor levels were strictly defined by their own program and vertical circulations, allowing the most efficient way of space planning; and having as much natural light and ventilation as possible, especially in the core of the floor plate, which in the majority of historic townhouses are dark and unpleasant spaces.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

While the design of the building is unquestionably contemporary, it relates to its classic NYC context as an abstract reinterpretation of the classic Brownstone Townhouse, from the materiality to the alignment of the façade elements. The front façade is pushed in and out to align with the neighboring building and the used of the classic steel and brick but with a strong contemporary language, that it’s consistent throughout the entire building, stands out in its immediate context.

© Francisc Dzikowski Photography Inc.
© Francisc Dzikowski Photography Inc.

The design of the exterior areas of the house were as important as the interiors, as a couple with 3 kids, the client needed to have as much patio area as possible, from playground areas in the ground floor, to more private and serene balconies, to a orchard roof deck, and all these landscape program needed to be harmoniously connected with their correspondent interior spaces.

© Francisc Dzikowski Photography Inc.
© Francisc Dzikowski Photography Inc.

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Cite: "State Street Townhouse / Ben Hansen Architect" 14 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/566486/state-street-townhouse-ben-hansen-architect/> ISSN 0719-8884
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