City Modern Spotlight: State Street Townhouse by Architect Ben Hansen
If you missed it this year, you really need to make sure you keep the last weekend in September next year free. The homes featured during the House Tour during Dwell and New York Magazine’s City Modern Festival were just incredible. It’s not everyday (unless you already live in an expertly designed, finely crafted, and beautifully furnished home) that you get to see urban residential design masterpieces up close like this.
Today’s City Modern House Tour Spotlight features the State Street Townhouse by architect Ben Hansen.
State Street Townhouse
Architect: Ben Hansen
Biography: Ben Hansen debuted at Rafael Vinoly Architects in 1993 after graduating from Columbia University’s Architecture School. Following a decade of working at New York’s top firms, Hansen founded his own firm in 2001. While Hansen is extremely skilled in designing residential homes, his talent extends into urban planning, sustainable design, and commercial skyscrapers. Hansen’s passion and ability to navigate complex challenges is apparent in all of his projects.
Project Description: From the façade to the building’s blueprint, Hansen’s State Street townhouse is indisputably modern – however its contemporary appearance does not detract from the home’s Brooklyn roots. Hansen intended the townhouse to be integral to its urban context as well as a conversation between the old and the new.
Keeping in mind that the millennial family tends to congregate in the kitchen rather than the parlor, Hansen designed the Dean Street property to emanate from this room. The custom kitchen, complete with Flavor Paper wallpaper, feels traditionally modern while retaining a bit of Brooklyn grit. Upstairs, The couple’s three children share two bedrooms with a connecting bathroom, creating a fun open plan to contain them for years to come. The bedroom level is filled with natural light, and leads up to a scenic green roof that stores rainwater and nourishes the garden. The backyard, with its pair of swings, sandbox and BBQ, completes this idyllic Brooklyn home.
For more information on the homes featured during City Modern, a festival celebrating modern design in NYC, visit CityModernNYC