Archi-Tectonics has completed a breathtaking project – converting a narrow industrial building in New York City into a light-flooded 8-story (yes, eight) family home in SoHo. The number of square meters was doubled by the addition of a 4-storey building, which was built on top of the original 4-storey townhouse, both united by a 3D lattice shell made of light steel and folding panels. The resulting 512 GW townhouse is dramatic but practical, with a lot of attention paid to sustainability.
The Climate Skin cover gives homeowners the ability to adjust the operable exterior panels to control ventilation, light, shade and temperature so that the structure can easily adapt to the outside conditions. When closed, the facade looks as if it was made from a single piece, but the opening and closing of the panels give the town house a different appearance.
Inside, the grid panels offer different degrees of privacy from the outside world and at the same time create a constantly evolving play of light and shadow.
Black steel from the original building is used throughout the new building, as is the open staircase that unites all eight floors. A glass roof keeps the stairwell lit as natural light filters down through each level. Double-height windows that separate the stairs from the living rooms create a larger feeling of space with longer lines of sight and at the same time let light through.
Brick walls are being restored to preserve the character of the original industrial structure.
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