Firm Credit : Ronnette Riley Architect
This brownstone structure had fallen into unlivable disrepair when the owner decided to demolish and rebuild it into a two-family dwelling. The landmark façade had to be preserved and but the rest of the structure including a non-conforming addition on the alley side is scheduled to be removed and rebuilt. Ronnette Riley Architect was retained as the Architect of Record for the foreign based design firm. Lynn Fritzlen acted as project manager and architect. The AOR took responsibility for Community Board and Landmarks approval.
The design features a light well through the center of the upper dwelling unit to bring natural light into the center of the building and create internal views. A xeriscape landscape plan for the roof deck is incorporated into design along and includes rainwater retention and storage. The new construction is planned to meet all current NYC codes for energy conservation and life safety.
The shaft in the middle of the building harvests sunlight and increases light level in the center of the building. Capturing rainwater reduces irrigation requirements for the landscaped roof and backyard.