AA Studio is reimagining the ubiquitous New York townhome in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. Replacing a dilapidating 1-story warehouse, a block-through development of 22 single-family residences called “King & Sullivan Townhomes,” is a contemporary interpretation of the classic New York housing type. Working in collaboration with developer Sanba, AA Studio, envisioned an elegant development that lends a contemporary feel to the neighborhood while respecting its scale and a distinct sense of place. Twelve of the approximately twenty-two 2,800-square-foot, three-story townhomes will be located on King Street (109-125 King St.) with the remaining ten located on Sullivan Street (72-84 Sullivan St.). Five different facade typologies, inspired by architectural elements present in Brooklyn — steel, arches, corten, brick, and terracotta –will add variety and individuality to each building within a cohesive experience.
The design of each four-bedroom, three-bathroom townhome includes features likely found in private houses, such as 600-square-foot roof terrace, a fenced garden in the rear, a parking spot at street level, driveway, and a storage space. The interiors feature spacious layout and a range of amenities including a formal dining area, a living room with a gas fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, sky lit stairwell, and third floor laundry room, and an abundant amount of closets.
“The typology of the townhome is in large demand because of its human scale and because it reflects a very comfortable and independent way of living right in the middle of New York City,” says Aldo Andreoli, founder of AA Studio. “The townhomes is a perfect compromise between the suburban single-family homes and the urban density of small condominiums.”
AA Studio drew inspiration from Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands, a newly renovated area of the city built almost entirely of modern townhomes. Each townhome owner was encouraged to select a different architect, which resulted in remarkably varied designs and resembled a contemporary rendition of an old village in the South of France or in Italy.
“We believe that this diversification constitutes a great opportunity to design a creative project, allowing for a freedom of expression hard to realize in other parts of the city,” says Andreoli. “It appears that these townhomes could only be built in Brooklyn, and in 2015 in a place and time that offers a home for creative expression for art and design.”
Red Hook, a neighborhood in transition, is a waterfront enclave of low-rise buildings including civil-war era warehouses on cobblestone streets, yet has a relatively low number of townhomes compared to the rest of the borough, making this development a welcome addition.
AA Studio’s interest in Red Hook began when designer Andreoli first visited and found the same creative spirit that was in SoHo, Tribeca, and the Meatpacking District before they were gentrified. Currently in development are 202 Coffey, a large-scale adaptive re-use of an existing Brooklyn Industrial Warehouse into a global hub for art, creativity, fashion, design and events and the conversion of a 230,000 square foot mixed-use warehouse at 160 Imlay Street in the iconic New York Dock Building located on Red Hook’s waterfront, which will be transformed into 70 luxury condos and creative gallery and office space. King and Sullivan is the firm’s third project in Red Hook.