16 Minetta Lane

Clients: Adam Kushner & Louise Chuu
New York City, NY | January 2020

This project is a significant one for this practice as it represents the culmination of Principal, Adam Kushner's dream of a fully integrated Design/Build/Development paradigm. Its deeply philosophical narrative draws from the historical context of a house at the head of Minetta Street and running over the legendary Minetta Brook. The gothic arches of trees along Minetta Street formed the other defining narrative structure played out in the building's newly inserted facade. And again looking both forward and backwards , a wood pile, so much of the staple of the rural landscape and once part of this site's history, becomes reintegrated again as a way of filtering light through the facade and woven into other interior structures. The inceptive design movement occurred as the Principal was cutting away a tree that had fallen post Superstorm Sandy combined with an ad hoc game of hide-and-go-seek he had with his kids. Somewhere in all of this, he provided a wonderful place to shelter his family for the foreseeable future.