Wythe Corner House
Brooklyn, New York
The Wythe Corner House involved the gut renovation and modern addition to an early 1900’s townhouse on a corner lot in Williamsburg Brooklyn. The addition’s massing proposes a radical break from Brooklyn’s traditional townhouse “addition” typology. Rather than equally divide the available floor area at each level or simply prioritize a larger lower addition, our design distributes all available area on the second and third floors. The available floor area was also increased by cutting through the existing townhouse third floor to create a double height living room.
This distribution of area allows parking under the new hovering addition and integrates unique exterior landscapes at four distinct levels in section. The surface of the addition is clad in a perforated and corrugated zinc, subtly playing off the scale, proportion, fenestration and texture of the existing townhouse. New and old are unified in a black exterior.
The existing 3 story townhouse is approximately 2,500 sf and the rear addition lifted onto the second and third floors is approximately 2,000 sf. The project was completed in 2016 and has received numerous awards.
Structural Engineer: Silman
MEP Engineer: Engineering Solutions
Dining Table Fabrication: Tietz Baccon
Construction: Advanced Building Contractors
Landscape Designer: Emily Baver
Photography by Alan Tansey