Walt Whitman Historic Birthplace Visitor's Center


The cross section of the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center serves as a gateway to the site surrounding the house where Walt Whitman was born. The facility admits controlled daylight and segregates hot air for exhaust during swing seasons, minimizing the need for air conditioning. The use of exposed structure dramatically reduced the need for applied architectural finishes while establishing a vocabulary that is sympathetic to the early nineteenth century birthplace house. Exhibits on the wall form a reverse time line, beginning with the mature Whitman who is most familiar and leads back through his formative years to his birth point.

Project Data
Client: Walt Whitman Historic Birthplace
Construction Cost: $520,000
Services: Full Architectural Services
Completed: 1996

Shanghai Commercial & Residential Towers


This project consists of two underground parking levels and a three story commercial base, with a shopping mall and food market components, supporting a 30-story office building and a 26-story residential tower. The 900,000 sf, complex utilizes black and gray water systems and on-site pre-treatment of all waste.

The project was designed in collaboration with Tician Papachristou FAIA

Combined FDNY & NYPD Facility


Serving both the New York City Police and Fire Departments, the Combined Police and Fire Facility is a new building which incorporates two Landmarked 19th-century facades. The original fire headquarters required the replacement of all brownstone ornament with new cast stone. Sustainable features include the adaptive reuse of landmark facades and HVAC systems using scheduling controls and occupancy sensors. The project has received several awards including the Lucy G. Moses Award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy and New York City Art Commission.

Project Data
Client: The City of New York Department of Design & Construction + NYPD + FDNY
Construction Cost: $18,000,000
Services: Full Architectural Services
Completed: 1991

FDNY Rescue Company 1


The headquarters for Rescue Co. 1 is home to the first fire rescue company in the United States. The project was executed within a highly compressed schedule following the destruction of the original headquarters when an adjacent building collapsed. The new headquarters includes salvaged and reinstalled stone and ironwork from the original Napoleon LeBrun facade. The design includes several specific features developed in conjunction with Rescue 1 including open showers and drains on the apparatus floor and overhead suspension of various pieces of large rescue equipment including their water rescue Zodiac boat.

Recognizing that the 25’ wide, three-storey building would be dwarfed by its neighbors, the deep articulated street facade with its central “1” cared into its cornice, was designed to provide a significant architectural presence for this important, historic civic institution.

Project Data
Client:The City of New York Department of Design & Construction + FDNY
Construction Cost: $3,200,000
Services: Full Architectural Services
Completed: 1988

Martha's Vineyard Cottage


The 800 square foot, three bedroom summer house is sited in former farmland – a field surrounded by stone walls. Two twenty-foot squares, one with bedrooms and a bath and the other living/dining/kitchen and a half bath, straddle a third square, a half-roofed screened deck. A sliding panel opens one end of the living room square to the field while a second opens the other side to the screened deck creating a 20 by 40 foot pavilion.

The plan of the house is based on a 48 inch module, marked by the exposed studs and joists. It provides basic shelter from the elements in a spatially sophisticated structure that offers a maximum sense of connection to the surrounding environment.


Williamsburg Townhouse


Located on a small lot along bustling Metropolitan Avenue in the heart of Brooklyn’s hip Williamsburg neighborhood, this elegantly compact two-family townhouse was designed to maximize efficient use of space with clean, simple and bright interiors sheltered behind a curtain of dark pre-patinated zinc. The triplex over duplex configuration inspired by the traditional West Village townhouse plan affords separate private street entrances for each family, while the materials chosen were heavily influenced by Brooklyn’s industrial history.

The standing seam pleated front facade offering privacy and acoustic separation from the street noise below splays outward over the sidewalk to reveal full height glass windows giving the bedrooms and living room views of the Manhattan skyline beyond. By contrast, the south facade enjoys an array of oversized glass windows and juliette balconies flooding the interiors with natural daylight and overlooking the terraced rear garden and patio below. Interior open stairs slice delicately through the middle of each floor, navigating past the sprawling open kitchen, between the upper bedrooms, and beyond the master suite to a rooftop deck and jacuzzi with Manhattan views.

Project Data
Client: Private
Project Size: 3,068 square feet
Construction Cost: Private
Services: Full Architectural Design
Completed Design: 2013

Upper Manhattan Residential Tower


Located in the Audubon Terrace neighborhood of upper Manhattan, New York City, this building contains an outpatient medical facility as well as a neighborhood arts-oriented community organization within its base. Separating the community facilities, a ‘sky-garden’ provides both open and covered outdoor spaces and amenities. A 12-storey residential tower rises above, providing unobstructed vistas to the Hudson & Harlem Rivers, the Palisades of New Jersey and the skyline of midtown Manhattan.

The building employs numerous sustainable and energy-conscious strategies and helps renew a vibrant, culturally rich neighborhood.

Project Data
Client: Private
Project Size: 62,000 square feet
Construction Cost: $15,500,000
Services: Full Architectural Services
Completed: Project Suspended

Hudson River Residence


Sited along the Hudson River adjacent to the Old Albany Post Road, this compact residence  consists of four distinct zones each of which can be operated independently. The main block consists of three levels while the triangular “pavilion”, with its expansive Hudson River views, is a single story supported on a storage room volume. The main block and pavilion can function as a continuous space to accommodate larger gatherings. However, except when actually in use, the pavilion is unconditioned, working either as a buffer or a direct-gain solar collector. Sustainable features include high-efficiency zoned radiant heating coupled with direct solar gain and minimal construction waste.

Project Data
Client: Private
Project Size: 2,100 square feet
Construction Cost: Private
Services: Full Architectural Services
Completed: 2007

South Jamaica Branch Library


The first building designed and constructed under the NYC High Performance Building Guidelines, this 14,000 SF $3.1 million project includes rooftop light-monitors which provide indirect daylighting with automated shading and lighting controls, integrated direct solar gain and gravity exhaust systems. The project received the Committee for the Environment Top Ten Award from the national AIA and has been featured by numerous publications as among New York City’s first “green” buildings.

Research, design and construction documents were by The Stein Partnership and construction administration was by Stein White Architects, predecessor firms to Elemental Architecture. Carl Stein, FAIA was principal-in-charge throughout.

Project Data
Client: New York City Department of Design & Construction + Queens Borough Public Library
Project Size: 14,000 square feet
Construction Cost: $3,100,000
Services: Full Architectural Services
Completed: 1999