American studio Sarah Jefferys Structure + Interiors has renovated a slender townhouse in Brooklyn with ethereal rooms and a cedar display screen on the facade to fulfill Passive Home requirements.
Situated within the Park Slope neighbourhood, the Passive Home challenge concerned the overhaul of a brick-faced, three-storey townhouse inbuilt 1921 and owned by a household of 4.
New York-based Sarah Jefferys Structure + Interiors sought to create a tranquil dwelling environment with parts that pay homage to the household’s Indian and Danish roots.
Furthermore, the group needed the three,000-square-foot (279-square-metre) constructing to align with Passive Home requirements for vitality effectivity.
To considerably cut back heating and cooling wants, the group put in triple-pane Zola home windows, which are sometimes utilized in passive homes. Partitions have been reconstructed to create an hermetic envelope, which included the addition of cellulose insulation.
The group additionally added an electrical warmth pump and an vitality restoration ventilator, which helps purify the air.
The entrance facade was saved intact and refurbished, whereas the rear wall was redesigned so as to add ample glazing. To supply privateness and to modulate incoming daylight, the group added an clever cedar display screen that acts as each “a sculpture and a veil”.
Throughout the slender residence, the group included pops of color and pale supplies corresponding to white oak.
“We strategically used gentle hues and reflective supplies, and created an ethereal setting to offset the slim footprint of the townhouse,” the group mentioned.
The bottom stage has an open plan and holds the communal areas.
Up entrance is the lounge, the place one finds a blue Residing Divani couch, rattan chairs from Fritz Hansen and a Muuto desk.
A wood-burning hearth, a component not typically present in passive properties, sits between the dwelling and eating areas.
To curb emissions from the fireplace, the architects added a triple-pane glass enclosure and an extraction fan with an insulated cap. Nonetheless, due to the hearth, the house doesn’t absolutely meet the PHIUS certification necessities, the architect mentioned.
The all-white eating room is furnished with Ant chairs by Arne Jacobsen and a PH50 pendant by Poul Henningsen. Simply past is the “showpiece kitchen”, which is framed with an LED gentle cove.
“The sunshine cove acts as a separation level – a top level view – and supplies an atmospheric glow all through the kitchen,” the group mentioned.
Along with the particular lighting, the kitchen options slatted picket cabinetry, yellow pendants by Louis Poulsen, and an island topped with Glassos crystallized glass.
A part of the island consists of a live-sawn slab of white oak, which is lined with bar stools.
“The gorgeous juxtaposition between Glassos and white oak exemplifies the character of the kitchen as each a sensible work space and a leisurely lounge house for entertaining,” the group mentioned.
A sky-lit staircase results in the higher ranges. The primary flooring holds the primary bed room and toilet, together with an workplace – all of that are arrayed alongside a hall lined with frosted glass.
The primary bed room includes a BoConcept mattress, sconces by Robert Dudley Greatest for Bestlite and a graphic blanket by Pia Wallén for HAY. The lavatory is adorned with matte glass and penny-round tiles from Ann Sacks.
The workplace is infused with a “contact of nostalgia”. Items embody a Hans Wegner armchair, a teak Danish dresser and a 1962 copper pendant by Jo Hammerborg.
The highest stage accommodates a den and two extra bedrooms. The home additionally has a cellar.
Different Brooklyn townhouses embody a home by Space4Architecture that has a skylit staircase and minimalist decor, and the household residence of architects Fanny and Matthew Mueller, which options floating steps and a wood-and-steel bridge.
The images is by Morten Smidt.