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One Family House

New York


New York City's West Village is dominated by a distinct architectural language of the late 19th century townhouse. While similar in form, each townhouse has its unique architectural elements. This identity is often bestowed through 2-1/2D ornaments on the façade. Elements include pediments above the doorway, incised friezes surrounding the window frames and bracketed cornices. These beautifully crafted objects inspired me to investigate the modern façade of a townhouse.The goal was to create a unique form with small alterations to the façade. The building's shape remains a simple box, while the exterior walls wrapped around it create its identity. The townhouse can be occupied by one family or divided into four units.

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