Eric Liftin of architecture firm MESH had a tall order to fill when designing a Williamsburg, Brooklyn home for actor Steve Burns of Blue's Clues.
The lot was entirely covered by a previous garage structure, and the architect had to maintain that same interior square footage to have his project grandfathered into the former zoning laws. The new zoning laws would have required the creation of a 30' rear yard, which the client did not want. Liftin was able to raise 200 feet of interior space to a second story and create an open outdoor atrium in the center of the property. This ingenious solution provides truly private garden space while abiding by the tricky and convoluted zoning regulations.
An entire length of the home is clad in salvaged Coney Island pine planks. Named "SpecialWall," Liftin designed this feature to have the flexibility for displaying art easily and inserting temporary lighting at any point across its surface.
For the full feature with even more photos, see Inhabitat | MESH Designs a Serene Atrium Bachelor Pad in Brooklyn for Actor Steve Burns (from Blue’s Clues!).