Brooklyn Home Tour 2015: Gowanus House

Brooklyn Home Tour 2015: Gowanus House

Featured In The Brooklyn Home Tour 2015 by Dwell: Gowanus House

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Entering through the attractive, but common brownstone exterior of this three-story Gowanus house, one is taken aback by its contrasting inner life. Integrated into raad studio’s clean architectural lines, a porous sculptural form appears to sprout up from the space, even bursting through the ceiling onto the second floor. Owner and project co-designer Clarina Bezzola, who is an opera singer, performance artist and sculptor, is fascinated with contrasting notions of refuge and chaos. She designed and built this site-specific sculpture herself, drawing on the techniques of the ancient adobe huts from Africa as well as Gaudi. On the second floor is the artist’s open painting and singing studio, featuring a movable chalkboard wall for spontaneous sketching. In the third floor master bedroom is a spectacular torch-charred wood accent wall; a clear glass wall separates the master bedroom from the bathroom. A lush grove of tropical foliage adds the necessary privacy while one showers under the gigantic skylight above. This is the closest thing to showering under an Amazonian waterfall without leaving Gowanus.

  • Area: Carroll Gardens Neighborhood
  • Livable square footage: 2,960 square feet
  • Number of bedrooms: 2
  • Construction completed: 2014

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Photo by Marco Walker

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