I’m not sure typical residential infill always requires in-depth architectural analysis. However, its comments like these that make it ever so clear why it becomes so easy to be cynical (sorry Ryan) about my beloved profession. Granted, archdaily (“slash” the internet in general) is hardly the best place to always find current, insightful, though-provoking commentary on architecture, but i would hope for better than this…
(minus the ever to insightful “cool” which by now we have all heard and im sure even used, though we know it is meaningless commentary)
aybige tek - really? how narrow a view of not only climates around the world, but architecture in general is this? also, i would not consider a “extension to the outdoors” in NYC always so welcome, have you smelled the city in the summer?
norov - this could be read any numerous ways.
A; thinly veiled cynicism. *i wouldn’t be above it.
B; assuming this came from someone other than a neighbour there is hardly any reference to context by the architect in the brief, its a town house in NY ok, maybe thats context. the architect may even have been attempting the opposite. “This project reinvents the typology of the urban townhouse on a typically narrow infill Manhattan plot.” explain yourself!
C; a deeper read into context in terms of housing typology, proportioning, and material sensitivity.
Sasha - oye! i suppose the simple answer could democracy? or simply imagination? artistic license? maybe its the architects view that in order to move architecture forward, one must break from the typical, instead of following what is already in place just because it is already there. investing themselves in researching a more appropriate way of doing things. while maybe a little inelegant i think the architect explains it well enough, as a response to the typical configuration of hiding private street front rooms behind curtains, the layering of the facade (stairs, bookshelves, screen) allow for light to still penetrate while opening up the interior of the loft to be understood.
finally, for reference the project is (simply) Urban Townhouse by GLUCK+ (formerly Peter Gluck and Partners) and the post is from the aforementioned archdaily.