The goal for this Brooklyn townhouse was to create an open floor plan with a loft-like feel, taking advantage of the large, traditional windows that offer a view of the New York Harbor. The designer salvaged some original flooring and used additional wood from a salvage yard in upstate New York.
This once-bland courtyard now is a showcase for salvaged and recycled materials. The contemporary dining set rests upon bands of reclaimed granite slabs. Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design used blocks of granite salvaged from a 19th century building in Boston as benches in the courtyard, which won an Association of Professional Landscape Designers award.
Connecting the cafe and bookstore with the co-working space in the rear building is an open courtyard seating area. The Space Needle sculpture was made by a local artist using salvaged wood from the existing building, and the original windows were salvaged to retain the character of the 1922 building. By reusing as much as possible, there is personality and history mixed with modern design.