Design Team and Consultants:
Leroy Street Studio Architecture
Maria Clara sanchez
Associate Architects: DSDHA
Landscape Design: Edmund Hollander Design
Lighting Design: Lighting Design International
Structural Engineering: Trevor Millea and Mervyn Brown Associates
Mechanical Engineering: BBS Technical Services and Beaver Building Services
General Contractor: Laybrook Homes
Quality Surveryor: Malcolm Hunt Associates
Milwork: Christopher Bell, Ltd.
Meatlwork: Loughboro Designs
A/V: Robert Taussig - Multiroom Emporium
Photography: Hélène Binet
A cluster of historic 19th century Victorian brick stable buildings and courtyards were carefully preserved, adaptively reused and updated. LSS created a new master plan, re-imagining the utilitarian elements with new recreational functions. The buildings’ transformations are signaled externally with subtle modern oak interventions; while inside each building was reconceived and rebuilt as weekend play spaces. A language of restrained, minimal interior detailing and materials provides a dramatic contrast to the expressive, idiosyncratic period exteriors, highlighting the new space’s unexpected functions.
LSS’s design approach exploited local masonry construction techniques and the craftsmanship of local artisans, along with state-of-the-art custom fabrication for the new structural stainless steel trusses and steel supports which animate the interiors.
The rich fabric of the original utilitarian compound of courtyards was painstakingly restored and improved, and the buildings’ interiors were completely transformed into unexpected, serene, modern spaces.
The English Farm received a RIBA Honor Award, an AIA New York State Architecture Award, and an AIA New York Interiors Award.