1. The steel and glass pavilion tucks into the rear yard of a New York City townhouse lot. The glass panes and mullions are the same proportion as the historic house, but larger.
2. Steel bi-fold doors open the pavilion to the garden. A hand-assembled steel and glass block ceiling captures light against stucco walls that weave inside and outside.
3. Wisteria grows on the adjacent houses, new stucco walls and tall steel trellis, which is the same proportion as the steel doors and painted khaki to disappear in the urban context.
4. The steel and glass block with exposed fasteners illuminates the pavilion.
5. The elevated back porch of the existing house frames the view to the pavilion.
6. Timeless salvaged art-deco bronze pulls accent the steel bi-fold doors.
7. A painting by Peter Nadin sits comfortably between exposed steel columns in all four corners that allow the pavilion to float against new stucco and existing brick walls.
8. Louvers conceal television and mechanicals in the millwork.
9. Historic window panes established the proportion of the new steel windows.
10. The interior, furnished with warm vintage modern furniture, is as bright as the exterior. Soft light rakes the stucco walls from the glowing glass block ceiling.
11. The painting by Peter Nadin inspired the material palette of the pavilion.
12. The modern steel and glass pavilion, formerly a shed, connects to the historic New York rowhouse through a sequence of gardens and bluestone paving.
13. Two adjacent townhouse gardens combine to form a European courtyard.
14. Four structural steel wide-flange columns define the pavilion that floats within adjacent garden walls. Thin glass windows and doors blur the distinction between inside and outside.
New York, NY
This garden pavilion is the ultimate inside/outside space. The steel and glass structure is at the back of an urban courtyard defined by two contiguous townhouses in Greenwich Village. A large steel trellis planted with English Ivy defines the entire space as a large outdoor room.
The style is modern, yet timeless, and an appropriate and comfortable juxtaposition to the historic 1827 house. Large steel and glass doors, designed with panes the same proportion as the original house, but much larger, open to fully engage the garden. A system of mechanically fastened steel with exposed screws supports a continuous grid of glass block which allows the roof to be habitable and affords light with interesting shadow patterns all day to fill the space.