78 Third Place–the first Passive House Plus built in the United States–included a rehabilitation of a townhouse built in the early 1900’s. Revitalized by New York-based studio, Baxt Ingui the work respected the original historical architecture of the main building and restoration of the front façade
Baxt Ingui Architects
Baxt Ingui Architects, P.C., is an architecture and interior design firm with extensive experience in residential, institutional, and commercial projects. Residential projects include townhouses, apartments, lofts, and country homes. Commercial projects include retail facilities, galleries, and multi-floor law offices. Institutional projects include educational and child-centered facilities.
We aim to create well composed spaces, placing a high value on ensuring each project is well crafted, visually timeless, and serves its inhabitants for many years. Our design process relies on collaboration with our clients and extends to the builders, consultants, and craftsmen with whom we work. It is our goal to integrate function, aesthetics and building systems economically and minimize the environmental impact, using the standards of LEED and Passive House certification. Numerous projects in our 40 year history have received design awards.
The firm was initiated by Ben Baxt in 1977 after several years as a single practitioner in Brooklyn. Michael Ingui joined the staff in 1994 and became a partner in 2000. Martha Valencia-Cordoba became an Associate in 2013 and became responsible for the firm’s management. The staff also includes an interior design team and a highly experienced construction quality observer.
The owner of this home envisioned a beautiful but comfortable single family home that could last for generations and facilitate their busy lifestyle. They wanted open spaces that connected and communicated well with each other where the interior and exterior spaces flowed effortlessly and also provided for elevator access to each level including the roof.
The design of this house is exciting in many ways. It is Manhattan’s first Certified Passive House, Certified LEED for Home Platinum and it is in a NYC Landmark district. The renovation consisted of restoring the Renaissance Revival style front façade, originally built in 1888-89 by Thom & Wilson, by bringing back the ornamental details and the entire stoop entry that was previously removed in the early 1940’s.