46 Delancey St.
46 Delancey St., New York, NY 46 Delancey St., New York, NY 46 Delancey St., New York, NY 10002 Residential

A new duplex penthouse on the rooftop of an existing family-owned building to provide a dream ‘green’ home which created a multi-generational household

The extended family of the client own a building on Delancey St in the heart of the Lower East Side which is rapidly changing in character. The family want to look at opportunities to increase the value of the building as an asset and maximize its utility through an adaptive re-use strategy.

A zoning study revealed there was spare capacity within the allowable Floor Area Ratio (FAR) for the lot. This, coupled with the fact that other members of the extended family were already living in the building, prompted excitement at the opportunity to create a multi-generational household on the property. The client has a young family and it is important to them to have green spaces for the children to safely play in. To accommodate this, an interior courtyard, protected and observable from interior spaces, would be created.  Adjacent to the courtyard is a centrally located staircase that brings light down into the lower levels and extends up to the roof level to activate these spaces.

Externally, glass has been utilized wherever possible to maximize light and views within the apartment. Brick is used to tie the facades into the existing material palette.

Project Details >

  • Status: Proposed
  • Date: May 26, 2010
  • Project Number: 009
  • Client: Brian and Shirley Jakubowicz
  • Area: 2,500 square feet
  • Martin Hopp Architect Project Team:
    • Martin Hopp

      Bill Yeung

  • Design Team: