Templer Townhouse by Workshop for Architecture

Templer Townhouse by Workshop for Architecture

Templer Townhouse by Workshop for Architecture

Location: West Chelsea, NYC

This townhouse renovation is a minimalist stunner with great material choices and design moves.  The lighting is spot on along with the furniture selections. Although the material choices are fairly limited, there is a richness that is consistent throughout all the spaces.

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The project was a ren­o­va­tion of the garden, parlor and base­ment levels of a brick town­house in the west Chelsea neigh­bor­hood of New York. The pri­mary inten­tion of the design was recon­nect the garden level spaces with the exte­rior while cre­ating more open living spaces throughout incor­po­rating min­i­malist details.

A simple palette of gray oil-stained Euro­pean White Oak, white walls and moments of fig­ural drama pro­vided by large slabs of white Cala­catta marble adorn the spaces. Muted lighting located in slots between walls and ceiling pro­vide a warm ambient glow at strategic loca­tions.

A large new sliding glass wall system from Switzer­land con­nects the living room and garden with min­imal obstruc­tions. New full glass case­ment win­dows at the master bed­room and bath­room also pro­vide a clear view of the exterior.

In con­trast to the orthog­onal geome­tries throughout the spaces, the spiral stair winds organ­i­cally between two levels. The wood of the flooring con­tinues on the stairs rein­forcing the open plan in section.

The kitchen was designed to create a visu­ally min­imal and spare envi­ron­ment in con­trast to typ­ical kitchens. Despite this, all the appli­ances for daily use are easily accessed behind wood panels that match the wood flooring. The marble of the coun­tertop is used not only as working sur­face but also as vol­u­metric veneer.


Estab­lished in 2003, WFORA is a col­lab­o­ra­tive design and research studio based in New York City.

Principal John Lee (AIA, LEED AP) is the founder of Work­shop for Archi­tec­ture and Work­shop for Con­struc­tion. Through his many years as a pro­fes­sional archi­tect, aca­d­emic instructor and con­struc­tion com­pany owner, John has attempted to build mean­ingful designs for his clients while addressing larger issues facing the archi­tec­tural profession.

James Brucz (AIA, RA) is a Senior Designer with WFORA as well as a Senior project Coor­di­nator for WFORC.


Work­shop for Archi­tec­ture
526 W 26th St #410
New York, NY 10001
Tel 212 674 3400
Fax 212 674 0400