Owner: Cape Advisors
Location: 257 West 4th Street New-York NY - USA
Programme: Complete renovation and extension of a 1870 listed Townhouse
Scope: Design and construction management assistance
Executive Architect: Fischer Makooi Architects
Area: 3.200 sq.ft (300 m²)
Photo Credit: Tria Giovan
Built in 1870, the building had reached the end of its life cycle. Beyond a renovation, Sébastien Segers undertook a regeneration of this townhouse to give it a new life.
The project reveals the spirit of the place and pays homage to the ingenuity and personality of the townhouse: respecting the classical layout, enhancing the crossing spaces and reinterpreting the richness of the architectural details. The challenge was to unify the space, to transform a multi-family building into a single-family home whose identity remains consistent within all its spaces. The staircase was completely redesigned and rebuilt to become the central place, the stage, the tree of life.
The interior architecture is designed for a continuous spatial experience experience, accompanied by the use of curves and curves that reinforce and express the fluidity of the flows. The project brought to the house an interior/exterior continuity through the creation of the patio, a large opening of the dining room and the creation of the glass roof above the staircase.
The project is inspired by its maritime environment and the modern architecture of Japan and Scandinavia.
The design "comes to life" through the use of excellent New York artisans and "Living Heritage Companies" such as Meljac and Sophie Mallebranche, and the use of natural materials such as oak, walnut, black and white marble, leather and brass. The quality of the work lies in the expression of the work of the human hand.
By the flexibility of the forms, the diffusion of the natural lights and the reconciled materiality, the project has given an identity to the house. The inhabitants are no longer simple users of the place but interact with it in an organic and living relationship.