Park Slope Duplex Apartment / BFDO Architects

Park Slope Duplex Apartment, BFDO Architects

Project: Park Slope Duplex Apartment
Architects: Barker Associates Architecture Office – BAAO Architects (previously BFDO Architects)
Location: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Year 2018
Photographer: Amy Barkow
Text by BAAO Architects 

The clients, a couple with two children, had been living in their apartment for over a decade and decided it was time to renovate. Included in the project was a plan to convert a basement-level storage unit into a family room by adding a staircase at the end of an existing hallway to connect the two spaces together. The entry sequence was reworked to create a slate-tiled mud room that could contain coats, shoes, backpacks, and sports equipment for the family of four.

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The strategy for the living spaces was to remove partitions and open up the kitchen to the living and dining rooms. A raised wood-clad ceiling separates the kitchen apart from the adjacent spaces. The creation of the mudroom allowed for a small office to be tucked into a corner of the dining room. A steel and glass partition creates a sound barrier while letting in light. Steel also wraps the structural column and appears again in the dining-room light fixture as well as in the form of a shelf above the kitchen counter.

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The private spaces of the Park Slope Duplex apartment are organized along a long wall painted a deep blue-gray. A new bath was added off the master bedroom, with both finished in shades of light blue and gray.

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The kids’ bathroom features another steel and glass enclosure, this time for the tub/shower, which is set between a black tile floor and ceiling. The kid’s bedroom at the end of the hall is painted in tones of lilac and gray with a large corner window seat.

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Downstairs, the family room features a large sectional and built-in shelving for movie watching plus areas for laundry and storage.

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