Local studio Light and Air has introduced a light-filled space into the heart of a Brooklyn townhouse as part of a major reconfiguration and expansion project.
This home in the leafy Clinton Hill neighborhood was purchased by a family of four with Indian roots and required a complete renovation to open up the space to the outside.
“They wanted a home that demonstrated a strong connection to nature and integrated the inside and outside more seamlessly,” Wright and Eyre said.
The project extended the building vertically by one level for a total of four storeys, and also extended the building significantly to the rear.
The historic front façade has been carefully restored, while the rear elevation now appears as a modern stack of pale brick cubic volumes.
The interior has been completely reorganized to ensure sightlines between the original spaces, the new extension and the outdoors.
The most dramatic changes involved replacing the stacked stairs with a switchback configuration. It’s a similar approach the studio took on another Brooklyn townhouse in 2018.
This arrangement improves the visual connection between the levels and gives the project the name Z House.
In addition, an angled skylight was added above the stair cavity, allowing light to stream into the drawing room 40 feet (12 meters) below.
The studio said: “The drama of the staircase, filled with light and air, is enhanced by the arrangement of large windows that punctuate the rear façade, allowing the vertical space to be opened to the outside.”
The lower floors of this four-story home are occupied by public spaces, including the kitchen, dining, living room, and media room.
The upper two levels are reserved for the children’s room and main suite respectively. There is also a home office on the top floor, which provides access to the roof terrace created by the rear extension.
“This private, elevated outdoor space provides a unique homely experience not typically found in many Brooklyn rowhouses,” Wright and Eyre said.
The interior is clean and minimalist throughout, with white walls, custom oak woodwork, built-ins and cabinetry.
The pale brick of the rear façade is also expressed within the double-height kitchen and dining area, which opens onto the rear garden.
“Atop the garden-level extension is a green roof that softens sightlines from the parlor floor and creates the effect of a floating garden beyond,” Light and Air said.
Founded in 2017 by Shane Neufeld, the studio has completed a variety of interior design projects throughout New York City.
These include a Brooklyn apartment with extensive custom cabinetry and a spiral staircase, and a Financial District loft where partitions were removed to create an open, inviting space.
Cinematography by Kevin Kunstadt.