Wednesday, August 24, 2016
I don't remember seeing this house on 4th Street (Gowanus) before, but I guess it's been around for a couple of years. The architect is Philippe Baumann, and the one-family "Roman courtyard meets derelict garage" replaces a one-story building. It's a modern, minimalist design, with an open courtyard & many energy-saving features. You can see some interior photographs at the architect's website, along with an ominous courtyardHAUS video walkthrough. The front of the building is covered with a "galvanized steel screen with operating shutters" which "insulates the wood facade from the street and forms an enclosed smoking porch."
Though the shutters can be opened, as seen online, when I went by the place was all screened, making it look a) excessively defensive or b) somewhat penitentiary.