Sketch Pad: Harlem Townhouse

Sketch Pad: Harlem Townhouse

Aaron Able
Mar 4, 2008

This month's Sketch Pad feature re-imagines a Harlem Townhouse designed by William B. Tuthill, the architect for Carnegie Hall. The architect for this hypothetical project is Geoff Lynch of 3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture (an appropriate match as Mr. Lynch's specialty is theaters)...

We appreciate that Mr. Lynch emphasizes the importance of editing the historically important elements (worth keeping or drawing attention to) versus keeping everything that is old. With this in mind, his design retains the look of the front and rear of the house, but adds a dramatic atrium through the center of the house, flooding the space with natural light. He also keeps the majority of the interior woodwork, but suggests painting it all a high-gloss white to brighten the space and modernize the look...

He adds a terraced rear garden (again, allowing for more natural light to enter the building), a dramatic rear wall of windows that retain privacy with their deep mullions. In lieu of solar panels, he adds less-expensive wind turbines to the roof. For the full explanation of his design, see Preserving the Best of the Old and the audio slideshow from The New York Times.

(Pics: Marilynn K. Yee, H3 Hardy Collaboration)

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