The new issue of New York Magazine features their special Vu. real estate section which is always chock-full of fascinating projects. Our favorite? The transformation of Adam Gordon's Jane Street Townhouse. A walled-in back garden (that was viewed as the blemish of the property) was utilized for it's extreme privacy, allowing the entire rear wall of the house to be sheathed in glass...
Gordon's architect, Steven Harris used some local materials to cut down on cost: glass from upstate New York and marble direct from a quarry in Vermont (the kitchen's island, above). We think the smartest move was adding a fifth floor on the roof. While the building permit wouldn't allow them to add new square footage, by removing the extension on the rear of the house, Harris was able to deploy that usable square footage to the roof!
The story, including before and after pictures are at New York Magazine: This Became That. If the pictures from New York's slideshow aren't enough, there are even more at Steven Harris Architects (look under residential projects, 92 Jane Street Townhouse).
(Pics: Scott Frances)