Chelsea Loft, New York, 2008 Photo: Catherine Tighe (all photos)
Delson or Sherman Architects pc is a Brooklyn-based firm inspired by the belief that good architecture makes life better - by improving interaction between people, by creating more beautiful environments, and by making daily existence more graceful. The firm's diverse residential and commercial projects combine clean, understated design with careful space planning and original detailing. The delight of a well framed view, the glow of a translucent surface, the click of a sturdy door latch - these are the measurements of our success. In place of a signature style, the office focuses on the unique opportunities of each project, researching new products and old materials, and engaging clients in the design process. To this end, we provide comprehensive architectural services: from helping clients imagine possibilities to on-site involvement in construction. Both Perla Delson and Jeff Sherman are licensed architects and LEED Accredited Professionals.
Boerum Hill House, Brooklyn, 2003
Boerum Hill House, Brooklyn, 2003: BOERUM HILL HOUSEBefore we converted this landmark-district building into a house, it was a church, and before that, a warehouse. We rebuilt an exterior masonry wall and stabilized the structure with heavy timbers. Left exposed, these recall house's former functions. Deep skylights light the double-height space, which is furnished with a 20' long table of fir planks. Small private spaces on and under the choir loft provide cozy alternatives to the big room.
Prospect Heights Row House, Brooklyn, 2010
Prospect Heights Row House, Brooklyn, 2010: PROSPECT HEIGHTS ROW HOUSEWhen we found this house, it was a kennel. But even before its fall from habitability, it had the usual row-house failings: dark in the middle and spatially flat. Carving out the center of the house solved both problems. Now, a long slot of a skylight spills daylight into the double-height dining room, about which the rooms on both floors are arrayed. To disperse the light, one bedroom wall is translucent, and the other is open shelving.
Chelsea Loft, New York, 2008
Chelsea Loft, New York 2008: CHELSEA LOFTFor some big apartments, size is its own problem. This loft's 5000 s.f. left a dark center far from the windows. We pushed the habitable rooms to the windows, packed the middle with storage, and ran a ring of circulation between the two zones. The end walls of the family room are giant etched-glass doors that pocket to clear a path for the kids' zip line. For the adults, there's an acoustically isolated music room and a sleek kitchen.
Soho Offices, New York, 2009
Soho Offices, New York, 2009
Soho Offices, New York, 2009: SOHO OFFICESThis criminal-justice foundation was as much a staging challenge as a design opportunity, since the office had to remain open during its expansion to a second floor. Gutting the new floor exposed cast-iron columns and heavy timbers. We housed the kitchen, copy room, and coat closet in freestanding ash-paneled cubes. A reception banquette is recessed into one cube and lined with knitted ribbon.