Brooklyn, New York

Rather than think of this project for a couple and their two teenage daughters as an addition to their Brooklyn house, the architects conceived a 360-square-foot, two-story garden pavilion added onto the original brownstone (in the back, the house is brick with stucco). Entering the pavilion from the original house’s parlor floor gives the feeling of stepping into a garden in the air. A kitchen and informal social space comprise this level.

The hybrid wood/steel framing members form a lattice-like structure open to the changing seasonal landscape. Large, angled transparent glass planes pivot open, while translucent, sandblasted planes diffuse light. Stairs from the kitchen lead down to an oak-paneled music room where sliding glass walls open out to the garden.


Location: Fort Greene, Brooklyn NY

Completion Date: Fall 2010

Gross square footage:  360 sq.ft (new construction), 250 sq.ft. (renovation)

Total construction cost: $180,000

Owner:  Name Withheld at owner's request

McO Architects
315 Carroll Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
T 347 834-5931

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Chris McVoy, Beth O'Neill

Associate Architect and Architect of record
Joshua Pulver
131 Varick Street, Suite 1009
New York, NY 10013
Tel: 212.845.9611

Interior designer: owner

Structural Engineer:
Robert Silman Associates
Scott Hughes, Associate

General contractor:
Owner and Bill Witt

Iwan Baan

CAD system, project management, or other software used:



Structural system
Steel Frame and C-Joists

Manufacturer of any structural components unique to this project:
Steel Frame by C French Inc.

Exterior cladding
Stucco on South Wall

Curtain wall:
Custom Hybrid Steel/Mahogany Window Wall System fabricated by Bill Witt

EPDM roofing membrane

Wood frame:
Custom Mahogany

Old Castle Low-E insulated glass units, clear and translucent etched.

Wood doors:
Custom Solid Core Red Oak

Sliding doors:

Interior finishes
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork:
White-stained Oak Kitchen Cabinets and Bench

Red Oak Panels in Garden Room with clear satin Lacquer

Solid surfacing:
Kitchen counter: SileStone
Bath Floor and walls: Honed Bluestone slabs

Floor and wall tile:
Kitchen floor: Targenta City Gray

Wood flooring:
Red Oak Strip Flooring with Clear Satin Finish

Interior ambient lighting:
Custom Light Coves

HALO Lighting

Dimming System or other lighting controls:

Toto water closet, Duravit sink

Other unique products that contribute to sustainability:
Radiant Floor Heating