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Design and selected fabrication
Gut renovation and third story addition to a Brooklyn town house



The project was a gut renovation and third floor addition to a small workers’ house close to downtown Brooklyn, for a single woman with two teenage daughters.

To maximize the living space of a small footprint, the ground floor was opened up to be one large room with storage cabinetry separating out a hall. With a careful eye on a slim budget, the palette of materials and finishes were kept to an industrial minimum, combining the utilitarian with the occassional upscale finish or fixture to go beyond a simple DIY aesthetic.

A-B plywood was used for almost all millwork; the kitchen was laminated with canvas-reinforced phenolic; a stained square of fabric dye defines a dining area; and light fixtures were fabricated by MATTER. Cement board panels, employed as a rain screen, spaced off the new exterior walls. As in the interior, the old is left almost untouched, juxtaposing the worn and rough with an understated new.


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Matter project team
Alfred Zollinger, project director
Ken Kinoshita, project architect

Sandra Wheeler, Parker B Lee, Christine Chang, Elizabeth Beecherl, Karina Moya

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