GLUCK+ has re-organized a traditional ‘urban townhouse’ to promote the privacy of the residents of this new york city dwelling, tucked behind a four-storey vertical library. the most radical change removes the stair from the party wall and places it and an elevator at the front of the townhouse, toward the street. this move separates the majority of the living quarters from the street both visually and audibly.
the circulation no longer squeezes the space into a long corridor with compartmentalized rooms, but allows a singular inhabitable area stretching to the back of the house which runs 38-feet-deep. during the day these spaces are flooded with natural light from the full height curtain wall that overlooks the private backyard.
the front facade is mostly solid and opaque. though constructed of metal, it references the materiality of its neighbors with brick-shaped cut-outs functioning as a rain screen. a glass reveal respectfully separates the two palettes, with panel reveals acknowledging the floor levels of the adjacent buildings. these slots and windows cut into the bookshelf behind the aluminum rain screen allow light to stream into the interior.
in contrast, the rear facade is clad in glass. within, the communal programs (living room, dining room and kitchen) are linked by a light-filled mezzanine that overlooks the backyard. the upper three floors of the transparent edifice are etched providing more privacy to the bedrooms and baths. extending the ground floor opening up the living and dining areas onto the backyard provides one a complete experience of the 70-foot-depth site.
Source : designboom