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A festival celebrating New York’s modern design with tours of the city’s most coveted interiors
September 27–October 4, 2013
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Photographs: Boone Speed; Arnaud Studio (Factory).

Lafayette Townhouse

This single home townhouse on Lafayette was constructed in 1909 as a ConEd switching station to be used for the distribution of power in this neighborhood, positioned between Lolita and Soho. The 10,000-square-foot building has a deceptive residential type façade that does not reveal the enormity of the spaces within. It was determined at the start of the design to preserve the character of the old ConEd facility. The powerful brick walls, beams, and vaults were all retained. Rather then create a design that would contrast the existing building with the new portions of construction, Guzy created a unified design for a home and work place.

Numerous structural changes were required to alter the use of the building. The building contained one small staircase located behind the street façade, and an original DC current elevator, also located on the street façade. The rear spaces had limited access to light, therefore the street façade needed to be utilized for living spaces. Thus, the staircase was removed and a new elevator was installed that only went up to the office and to the main living floor. This freed up many windows for bedrooms. A new central staircase became the fundamental design element of the project—an open staircase continuously ascends from the entry to the top floor. Several of the tall spaces were in-filled with additional floor space, and, on the ground floor, with the pool.

Natural light is a critical part of every space, especially a home. Every vista is rendered in natural light. From a dense urban environment, through the waters of the pool, around the central void of the living room, and to the outdoors and the open sky, the profile of the cityscape is all encompassing. The result was five different levels that successfully instill the feeling of one large home.

Peter Guzy
Asfour Guzy Architects

Asfour Guzy Architects, located in New York City, was founded in 1988 by partners Edward Asfour and Peter Guzy. For more than two decades, Asfour Guzy has completed hundreds of projects of diverse scales and programs throughout the United States and Europe. In addition to 214 Lafayette Street, projects have included Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills; New York, a new spa at the Woodstock Inn, in Woodstock, Vermont; Redd restaurant in Yontville in Napa Valley, California; and the beloved Moss design store in Soho, New York. Asfour Guzy Architect was nominated in 2005 by the James Beard Foundation for the Outstanding Restaurant Design in North America for Blue Hill at Stone Barns.

Join us for this exclusive opportunity to go behind the scenes and tour New York’s most coveted interiors.



See the Homes:

Saturday: Manhattan
14th Street Loft
Fractal Pad
Lafayette Townhouse
Meatpacking Loft

Sunday: Brooklyn
Dean Street Townhouse
Flavor Paper Pad
Pacific Street Trio
Salle Residence
State Street Townhouse

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Enjoy access to ALL CITY MODERN events including:
• Meet the Architects event
• Manhattan Home Tours
• Brooklyn Home Tours
• ALL panel discussion throughout the week

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Enjoy access to ALL PANEL DISCUSSIONS during the city modern week, from September 27 through October 4.

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