This New York townhouse was a conversion of an old Jewish school into a single-family townhouse with an art gallery on the ground floor.

Existing substances and materials that could be used to meet the new requirements were incorporated in the new building whenever possible.

The existing three floors were enlarged with the addition of a volume in the rear of the building connected to the main body through three symmetrical openings and a partial floor on the top, projecting onto the two-story high living area of the third floor. The spatial arrangement is reminiscent of a loft, with the living area in the front and the bedrooms and technical spaces in the back.

The vibrant color of the furnishings contrast with the monochromatic palette of the building materials.

Photos: Sergio Ghetti