Richard Goodstein

Richard Goodstein

Brooklyn, NY, US


Williamsburg Townhouse

A new, ground-up attached house facing Cooper Park in Williamsburg Brooklyn. The site is in a row of small 1950s two-story, split-level brick townhouses, some of which have been modified and enlarged over the years and one of which was replaced by this building.

The exterior is intentionally subdued, reminiscent of the brick warehouse architecture that occupies much of the neighborhood. In contrast, the interior is bright, dynamic and highly-innovative. In a nod to the original house, nC2 opted to explore the idea of a new, urban version of the split-level home. 

The house is organized around a stair oriented laterally at its center, which becomes a focal point for the free-flowing spaces that surround it. All of the main spaces of the house - entry hall, kitchen/dining area, living room, mezzanine and a tv room on the top floor - are open to each other and to the main stair. The split-level configuration serves to differentiate these spaces while maintaining the open quality of the house.

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Status: Built
Location: Brooklyn, NY, US
My Role: Architecture and interiors
Additional Credits: Project team: Richard Goodstein, Michael Hanson, Silvina Pizzocaro, Lyndon Julien-Sehl, Ani Arzumanyan, Antonio Rivera, Sabrina Herbosa Reyes
Structural: A Degree of Freedom Structural Engineer
MEP: Morozov Integrated Building Services
Contractor: Composite Fabrication + Construction
Stained Glass: Ernest Porcelli Art Glass (Design: Jerry Inscoe)