A historic landmark, The Brewster Carriage House stands at the intersection of three of New York’s oldest and most diverse neighborhoods. The building was gut renovated to house lofts on the upper floors, and retail and a restaurant on the lower. A completely new steel stair and elevator core was added to accommodate the program and allow for unexpected V-shaped hallways with private entries on the upper floors. Interiors were outfitted with reclaimed wood salvaged from the existing beams of the building, and contrasted with modern European kitchen and baths. We introduced a seamless transition from residence to roof terrace by adding crystalline glass stair bulkheads for the two penthouses, ending up on the green roofs.
Our sustainable building strategy begins with re-use: every opportunity is taken to reuse existing materials. After re-use and reduction, the next step focuses on the creation of a high performance building through the interaction of a number of co-dependent systems. The green roof and wall systems lower cooling demands and use rainwater for irrigation, with the added benefit of lightening the load on the city’s sewer system. Blown soybean-based insulation fills every crack and delivers higher R-values, reducing heating and cooling load, while ceiling fans, vent windows and operable skylights create stack-effect natural ventilation. Working together, all of these systems will create a comfortable and energy efficient environment.