Irvington is a village with 10 km² of total area about 32 km distant from Manhattan, in New York.
Any work in the village has to go through Architectural Review Board, which evaluates compatibility, harmony and also the impact on the historical characteristics of the neighborhood that the building can cause.
We worked with a local architecture office to help us with approval and project compatibility issues. There were restrictions about the colors of the walls and roofs – the slope of the roof was also designed to follow the rules. The volume of the house should be the same as the previous demolished house. The dimensions of the openings was also a limitation, due to the risk of tornadoes on the region.
Because of that, this house does not follow Studio Arthur Casas usual style – which was a (good) challenge.
External walls were coated with a specific asian wood, chosen due to its greyish tone that it gains when exposed to weather action. The width of the boards varies from 3” to 8”. The closure boards are metal ribs with 30 cm high and the roof is also made of metal, with the same color.
Internally, the floor is made of stained oak wood and the kitchen is Poggenpohl brand. Most of the woodwork was custom made, designed by our office, like the furniture with a metallic shelf that “embraces” the living sofa. A small amount of the furniture was part of the client’s collection and incorporated into the layout.