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Located in the heart of the upper west side, this new two-story addition combines minimalist features with rough industrial details above an existing turn-of-the-century brownstone.  

With this project, we were faced with a complex challenge: to build the new structure hovering over the existing roof without disruption. The only adjustment or alteration to the existing roof involves the creation of a larger opening for a spiral staircase that starts from the existing second floor; this staircase snakes through the new opening to reach the new third floor, where you find yourself in a double height open space facing a 2 story glass facade that faces the rear of the building and a small terrace.


An open concept and minimalist bathroom is revealed behind a free-standing wall. Facing East 69th Street through large floor-to-ceiling glass windows, the bathroom features a freestanding tub double sink vanity and an open shower, along with a separate toilet room.

In the living space, the rear facade breaks up to allow southern light into the space throughout the day, as well as illuminate and highlight the steel and wood stair details. The indentation in the facade creates a small garden terrace that can be opened completely into the living space through glass operable partitions. 

While the steel stair engages ever slightly with the glass facade, the eye brings you to the loft space above that faces East 69th Street with floor-to-ceiling glass that matches the floor below. The loft space is an open space meant for use as a bedroom and studio. 

The ceiling that spans from front to back features stained wood planks to bring a warm feel to the overall space, and to contrast the roughness of the exposed concrete party walls. 

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