A dilapidated mid-1800s tenement has been totally restored and rejuvenated with modern day design. This urban dream home resides in the vibrant, sought-following neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn and was renovated by owner-architect Alex Gil of Spacecutter for himself and his wife.
What stands out is the Corten steel cube structure which has grow to be the newly-added 4th floor of this 3-story building. With 2,300 square feet, the the third floor where the couple resides was completely gutted and reinforced with the needed structural elements that such an old creating would need. The building’s facade nevertheless features original details and framing, but now attributes new red brick and glass window panels.
The principal level of the duplex house characteristics a vast kitchen and dining space, which is highlighted by a enormous custom-wood rectangular table, with an eroding, textured fascia. This piece of red-cedar furnishings commands consideration and is a lovely organic-looking mass which seems a lot more like an art installation as it sits beneath a series of square, paneless windows. A floor-to-ceiling storage cabinet and block island discreetly house appliances and culinary accessories.
Washes of deep grey on walls and flooring extend to the sloped triangular structure which houses the entrance stairs, as well as the adjacent internal staircase. Two original brick fireplaces discovered throughout the demolition are nestled inside opposing walls of this open space.
Down a hallway is the master suite with dressing area. This space is deep and dark, with black walls assisting to generate a relaxing nest. The adjoining bathroom is clean-lined in white and travertine, but it’s the specially-developed stainless steel tub that is simply incredible, not to mention ultra-cool.
Upstairs is the vibrant and cheery living space, featuring stark white furnishings and constructed-ins, and accented with a perky confetti-red rug and a rainbow spectrum of books. A glazed wall with pivoting door opens to the expansive rooftop terrace, a definite star space of this house. Just off of this living area is the main bath which is enveloped in handmade, splashy blue mermaid-scale tiles–love the texture play right here!
It’s usually so intriguing to see how a developing, which could have been demolished, is rather smartly restored and enhanced with solid design and style. The Brooklyn Duplex has accomplished this, becoming an edgy, modern dream residence of today.
Photographs © Michael Vahrenwald.