Urban Courtyard House

model of courtyard house in brick building
house wraps around courtyard on two levels
section cut showing ground floor retail, apartment, and courtyard residence above

In the bustling gallery district of Chelsea NY, the house is entered on the third floor through a garden courtyard. Set within a three-story industrial brick building, the courtyard’s private inner landscape brings relief from the density of Manhattan.

The house wraps around the courtyard

The house wraps around to form the space of the courtyard. Living areas open directly to the garden. Bedrooms on the upper level extend out to terraces. A spiral staircase leads to a roof top deck.

A long gallery links the two halves of the house. The upper gallery ramps down to the master bedroom. An exterior ramp provides access between terraces. A skylight above the stairs casts a soft light onto the back wall of the house.

Three stainless steel tables form a restaurant-style kitchen. Large sliding wood doors provide the flexibility to screen the kitchen.

This is a featured project from work experience with Charles Rose Architects, Inc., an innovative, award-winning firm based in Boston, MA.

FACTS

5,500 SF HOUSE

TWO STORY

4 BEDROOMS

4 BATHS

Landscape: Thomas Balsley

Contractor: Higgins Construction

Photography: Chuck Choi