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Street facade

Street View
State Street Townhouses within the streetscape

Street View
State Street

Rear Garden
Rear garden

Rear garden, dining area and kitchen

The State Street Townhouses are a continuous row of new, single-family townhouses in Brooklyn, New York.  The site is positioned between the brownstones of Boreum Hill and larger commercial and civic buildings in downtown Brooklyn.  Built on a property that was substantially vacant since the late 1920's, the townhouses' scale and design takes cues from the adjacent Italianate and Greek Revival buildings to reconnect these new residences to the urban fabric in a modern interpretation of the classic New York brownstone.

At the exterior, the group of 14 Townhouses is designed as a single composition with design details of facade planes, material transition, and massing used to delineate the individual homes.  Design and arrangement of the interior spaces establishes distinct architectural connections between the street, living and dining, rear garden, bedrooms, and rooftop terraces.

The project was a participant in the NYSERDA program (New York State Energy and Research and Development Authority) for energy modeling and the development of building assemblies and systems.  Combined, the building performance and key mechanical systems exceed all required efficiencies by 30%.

The townhouses also served as the backdrop for Block Party, an exhibition of Brooklyn-based designers and artists.  Numerous artworks, domestic objects, and fabrications were displayed, including several site-specific pieces.  Through open houses and forums, Block Party introduced these new townhouses to the neighborhood.

At the office of Rogers Marvel Architects, Scott Demel was Project Architect for all phases of the State Street Townhouses, from the initial competition design and selection to final construction.

An additional 9 Townhouses will complete hte block and are currently in construction.


Architectural Review MIPIM Future Project Commendation, 2004

American Institute of Architects New York Chapter Housing Design Award, 2005

American Institute of Architects New York State Design Award Citation, 2007

Residential Architect Grand Award, Single Family Production / Attached, 2008

Boston Society of Architects, Housing Design Honor Award, 2008

Building Brooklyn Award, Neighborhood Scale Development, 2008

AIA Housing Awards for Architecture, One and Two Family Custom Residences, 2010


Metropolis Magazine, June 2006

Interior Design, September 2006

Architectural Record, July 2008


Living Room
Main living room, rear garden, and stair

Main stairwell at bedroom floor

Outdoor terrace opening to the street and sky

Photography by David Sundberg / Esto, Nathan Sayers, and Scott Demel.

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