All posts by Jeffrey Kamen

Hudson Street Entryway

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The reconfigured entryway for a condo loft building (formerly New York Hospital until the early 1950s). Materials and details reflect the TriBeCa neighborhood’s industrial past, and the final design was well-received by the Landmarks Commission. A large custom skylight at the rear opens up what would otherwise be a dark, narrow space, beckoning the visitor to the entry door.

Sculptural

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These are examples from a twenty-year collaboration with renowned sculptor and artist R.M. Fischer. Mr. Fischer works on a variety of scales, both public and private. In this case the architect’s job has been to help make Mr. Fischer’s sculptural visions a reality, through illustrations and technical drawings prepared during the initial creative phases of work.

Chinatown Federal Savings

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A gut renovation of a four-story early 20th-century brick building in the Sunset Park district of Brooklyn, this is the third branch of a small family-owned savings bank. The client wanted a high-ceilinged, spacious interior with modern glass and metal surfaces that would give the feeling of a much larger building.

155 Marine Boulevard, Amagansett, NY

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A year-round cedar-shingle beach house envisioned as a larger version of an early-1950s summer cottage pre-existing on the site. The new house is both broader and taller and is situated behind the crest of the dunes. The garage and storage areas take advantage of the sloping site. Modest “hurricane proof” windows strategically permit natural light and air into every living space and also open up to breathtaking views. The interior is designed so that the spaces flow easily into one another and allow for different degrees of privacy and social interaction, which was of primary importance to the client.

Bond Street

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A new three-story commercial building attached to the rear of a 4-1/2-story 19th-century mixed-use building in the NOHO Historic District of downtown Manhattan. The project was designed in collaboration with James Kramek, associate architect, and staff members of Bond Street Architecture and Design for their own office suite. The roof and garden above the second floor connect the new building to the residential upper-floor section of the older front building. Large skylights strategically bring light down through all floors and into every space; the combination of wood-panel and masonry finishes makes for a sleek and modern yet welcoming work environment.