Bay House Photo: Scott Frances
LEROY STREET STUDIO specializes in turning complex projects with aggressive schedules into award winning architecture for discerning clients. Studio members share a passion for architecture inspired by material and detail. Current projects include new houses in Colorado, Massachusetts, and Long Island; townhouses on historically sensitive sites in London and New York; design and construction management of apartment combinations in NYC; a new Educational Nature Center at Alley Pond, Queens, and a new services building on Randall's Island for New York City Department of Parks'; and new offices on the High Line.
Honoring clients' needs and creating a positive impact on the larger community is central to the firm’s practice. In 2001 LSS partners founded Hester Street Collaborative, a non-profit community design/build initiative, to foster community participation in the urban revitalization process. In 2008 LSS founded BLDG to streamline the design build process, to take more responsibility for complete project delivery, and to provide more architecture at lower construction costs.
Classmates from Architecture school at Yale, Morgan Hare and Marc Turkel founded LSS in 1995. Shawn Watts, a fellow alumnus, became partner in 2005. The studio has an international pool of talented designers who share an interest in design, detail, construction and community outreach.
For further information, please visit www.leroystreetstudio.com
5th Avenue Apartment: A prewar 5th Avenue Apartment in estate condition was gutted and renovated into an open modern home for a family with children. The Central Park exposure was maximized by opening the plan to the west with sliding partitions to define rooms and create privacy. The cellular staff quarters were opened to create a central family room with boarded walls and an animated ceiling-scape and playful lighting. A language of subtle oak detailing unifies the spaces and gives the apartment a warm glow. Photo: Paul Worchol
Park Avenue Loft: The design for this prewar Park Avenue Loft is based on two goals: to insert a modern space for displaying the clients’ art collection, and to create clear expanses of open spaces for their young family. The partitions in the apartment’s public zones were demolished to create a large, open living space. Large millwork pieces animate each room creating a playful and practical counterpoint to the discrete cellular spaces of the original plan. Photo: Kevin Chu & Jessica Paul
Garden House: This existing house and garden are located in a sensitive historical conservation area. The goal of the Garden House's modern addition is to expand the living space below grade and extend into the existing garden while preserving the openness of the property and maintaining respect for the historical context.
Zero Energy House: A long, repeating array of prefabricated steel moment frames anchor the single volume of the Zero Energy House to its expansive site. A surrounding screen of polycarbonate panels create an energy efficient, solar heated, semi-outdoor space that affords the family a low-cost way to extend their activities outdoors year around. The house draws energy from photovoltaic cells and uses geothermal heating and cooling technology as well as passive methods.
Rooftop Studio: Perched atop a landmarked townhouse in London, the Rooftop Studio provides space for the client's morning exercise regimen, and is a viewing platform to take in the spectacular views of the city.
Bay House Photo: Scott Frances
Bay House: Elevated on piles above the wetlands flood plain, the Bay House is reached by a boardwalk running from the street to a private dock on the bay. Birch trees grow through the main deck which is bounded by the house's two private wings and a wading pool. Photo: Scott Frances
Pond House Photo: Adrian Wilson
Pond House: The Pond House features an exterior terrace on the roof of the sunken pool house with views to the ocean at the end of the raised pool. This residence juxtaposes modern objects with a natural surrounding of breathtaking beauty. Traditional perceptions of interior and exterior are blurred as outdoor rooms transcend conventional boundaries and glass curtain walls draw panoramas inside. Photo: Adrian Wilson
Stone Houses Photo: Paul Warchol
Stone Houses: An abstract composition of planes and timeless natural materials shape a 12-acre property as a series of internal and external courtyards spaces. The Stone Houses received an AIA New York State Architecture Award. Photo: Paul Warchol