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Blue Streak: A Redone Bushwick Townhouse in an Yves Klein-Esque Hue

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Blue Streak: A Redone Bushwick Townhouse in an Yves Klein-Esque Hue

April 19, 2021

Maybe it’s the result of being cooped up for a year, or the sameness the days tend to take on, but lately I’ve surprised myself by seeking out bright hues and unexpected patterns in lieu of my usual all-neutral M.O. It seems I’m not alone, either: A dose of color just feels apt for this particular moment.

When Julie sent me this Brooklyn project a few weeks ago, in the middle of a rather grey stretch of weather, it felt like a refreshing palette-cleanser for the eyes. The century-old townhouse in Bushwick was redone top to bottom for a pair of artists by Leonidas Trampoukis, Eleni Petaloti, and Isabel Sarasa Mene of New York- and Greece-based LOT Office for Architecture. The exterior is painted boldly, and rather fittingly, in a blue hue reminiscent of Matisse’s Blue Nude or Yves Klein; inside are surprising moments of lavender and even silver—a welcome antidote to the expected and monochrome. Take a look.

Photography by Brian W. Ferry, courtesy of LOT Office for Architecture.

The townhouse is blue all over—fence, waste receptacles, and steps included. The hue is called &#8
Above: The townhouse is blue all over—fence, waste receptacles, and steps included. The hue is called “ultramarine blue”; the exterior is custom-matched stucco.
Inside, the architects stripped the three-story, 3000-square-foot space down to its simplest elements. The wooden floors are stained black and the walls and exposed brick painted white for a high-contrast effect.
Above: Inside, the architects stripped the three-story, 3000-square-foot space down to its simplest elements. The wooden floors are stained black and the walls and exposed brick painted white for a high-contrast effect.
Translucent polycarbonate panels connect a few of the rooms for brightness.
Above: Translucent polycarbonate panels connect a few of the rooms for brightness.
Mercury-silver curtains add a surprising backdrop to a sitting area (and emphasize the loading=
Above: Mercury-silver curtains add a surprising backdrop to a sitting area (and emphasize the 11-foot ceilings). The curtains are white on the other side, “to create a calmer effect with the white window frames” looking from the outside in, Leonidas says.
A hall takes on a lavender cast, &#8
Above: A hall takes on a lavender cast, “a combination of the bathroom color and the polycarbonate sliding door panels,” Leonidas explains. “Light coming in from the bathroom skylight reflects differently if the sliding panels are open or shut.”
The design uses an impactful mix of materials: mirrors, painted metal, black-stained wood, and brick.
Above: The design uses an impactful mix of materials: mirrors, painted metal, black-stained wood, and brick.
Dashes of yellow in a bedroom. A built-in sleeping platform beneath the windows keeps the space bright and open.
Above: Dashes of yellow in a bedroom. A built-in sleeping platform beneath the windows keeps the space bright and open.
A petite bath is cloaked all over in salmon pink—even the tiling around the skylight, stock tile found at a tile yard. The only exception: the Vola faucet, a nod to the house&#8
Above: A petite bath is cloaked all over in salmon pink—even the tiling around the skylight, stock tile found at a tile yard. The only exception: the Vola faucet, a nod to the house’s exterior.
Behind the townhouse is a private patio, which LOT built around an existing magnolia tree and otherwise left spare.
Above: Behind the townhouse is a private patio, which LOT built around an existing magnolia tree and otherwise left spare.
A corrugated metal surround &#8
Above: A corrugated metal surround “picks up all color changes throughout the passing of the day,” according to the architects.
Another element of blue: a perforated aluminum curtain that can divide the outdoor space and add extra privacy for the first floor.
Above: Another element of blue: a perforated aluminum curtain that can divide the outdoor space and add extra privacy for the first floor.

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