The client commissioned our studio to renovate and modernize a 1,000sf condo in Park Slope Brooklyn. The apartment was a bachelor’s residence that needed to be adapted to accommodate the start of his new family. The program includes a master bedroom suite, a media living room, dining area, and kitchen.
This apartment was designed to create three distinct environments within one room.
The apartment was configured around the dining room space that is at the core of the room and the family. The table was designed to be an element that mitigates an environmental change as the user engages the space. This manifold functionally anchors the room and masks one space from another.
The ParkStop is a permeable zone designated by its green terrain and banded structure. A wall and roof system made from sustainably harvested lpe wood and steel allows light to filter through while glass inserts prevent rain and snow from penetrating. Photovoltaic panels are integrated within the striated roof to provide power for lighting and an information display system. Planted material on the roof as well as on the ground supply a lush and oxygen-rich setting. The modular roof structure easily accommodates existing trees, as in the case of the prototypical site, or a newly planted tree to enhance the park-like qualities of the stop. Informal clusters of seating provide opportunities for individual or collective rest.
Due to the fluctuating tendencies of our new economy, an alternative operative system should be reserved in order to have an equally effective impact on the community as a primary system. This system would introduce a relay system that operates through the existing infrastructural systems within the city. The local effect will be the development of intelligent nodes (local participants, street hustlers, and other entrepreneurs) that communicate and form alliances with other intelligent nodes in adjacent districts, thus creating a sub-network within various infrastructural systems in the city.
Off The Grid is a deep investigation into Net-zero architecture. Our research encompasses passive and active sustainable designs contingent to site, as well as socioeconomic and political histories that have formed and prevented certain neighborhoods from positive growth. Our strategy is to deconstruct these barriers and allow these areas to strive in ways that are not limited to larger governing systems at play.
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