You wouldn’t guess it from first glance, but this property on the corner of Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg was originally a modest 1900s brick townhouse. Architecture and design firm Young Projects was tasked with modernizing and expanding the existing structure, for which they took a bold approach that they call “a radical break from Brooklyn’s traditional townhouse typology.” The massive rear addition is clad in perforated, corrugated zinc, “subtly playing off the scale, proportion, fenestration and texture of the existing townhouse.” The interior is just as dramatic, with a massive, curving staircase that wraps around a double height living room.
This massive home, dubbed the Gerken Residence, occupies 6,000 square feet of interior space, plus a 1,500-square-foot rooftop garden, all located on the top floors of a historic Tribeca building. Designed by Young Projects, the unique loft’s inner structure is comprised of three nested prisms that explore the relationship between solid and void. The floor plan also has various cuts strategically placed to hide and reveal the sky and city.