Prospect Place Townhouse by Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design with MADE Architecture
It seems not often these days we see a renovation quite like the Prospect Place Townhouse, in which the original character screams from the beams in some spaces, is so definitely modern in others, and works while boasting both. Led by Red Hook-based design build firm MADE Architecture and Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design, this renovation-cum-restoration is one of bold contrasts and architectural celebrations.
The mix between the old and the new – and why it is so striking perhaps – is distinct. There might be modern features in the classic dining room (the clothed table overlooked by the delicate arms of the Apparatus ‘Triad’ pendants) and traditional touches in the contemporary kitchen, but each space is powerfully its own; elegantly and eclectically assembled.
The grand, five story townhouse, which overlooks Brooklyn’s Prospect Park has undergone a number of renovations over its lifetime, it is a real celebration of eras. The accompaniment to the heaviness of the vast and ornate original timberwork are pale tones of grey-greens and warm creams, the furnishings drawn from many eras are soft and pretty. Crisp, light colours and simple lines devoid of starkness, like black iron accents and glass create a counterpoint to the traditional spaces.
Prospect Place Townhouse is unafraid, most certainly – beaming modern where it wants to and traditional where it should, but it is also coherent. Linked by subtle threads – slick surfaces and a keen use of tiles, soft rugs and always a little timber, colours that are of the same family and patterns that are familiar (soft geometrics, florals and tribals), the space is one we can wander through un-jarred. In awe but ultimately at ease.