Denied: Intelligent NYC architect turns building codes
You connect to your first condo, a small but expensive in Brooklyn apartment, close when the developer is happy (so not to have to be heard counsel on each side) and whisper that it a mystery bathroom second. It is no joke, but a space behind a thin layer of gypsum wallboard.
In another case, the hidden space has been a DJ booth. But… Why? New York architect , that Robert Scarano too well a public review directly tell you itself, but it’s a trick to escape authorities by declaring a bottom of a mezzanine (which space, the total is counted square off in direction). BldgBlog and the New York Times was followed by the story, which practice in his own hometown has reached only a climax with prohibition of Scarano.
Now, turn a person (or break) the rules that one too many times in New York, has at least a mixed reputation Scarano. Some consider the construction of buildings through the fault of the density and height by permits, zoning, code and exchange of rights air of the building, a scourge of the city. Others see him as an artist, push the envelope, bar, taste and style, and size and creative interpretation of the rules to archaic constraints. In any case, his works are very large in form and function, still generally because of the way in which they are, identifiable (be it individual real estate, Multifamiliales housing, commercial or institutional in nature).
Some of the apartments and condos have huge double height spaces and effectively twice the area of what is done legally through special legislation on mezzanine, lofts, granaries, storage and parking. But the city began slowly to way up to his tricks over the years, a civil suit against his company submission and ultimately, which prohibit all formalities of filing or certifying any building in New York. He argues it around with local customers continue to work, however, what happens, so expect disguised residences on several articles more than simple single stock houses.
It is not exactly Robin Hood – after all clients are generally very rich – but it is always a kind of subversive protest ingenuity in how it within works (and outside) sometimes the system, surprise clients, for example with additional rooms that knew they did not exist up after she had purchased their homes. As BldgBlog said, it’s just clever a way in which it architecture also transform-like language with its own purposes (basement in comparison to cave, Grenier compared with mezzanine, etc) – a goes almost deconstruction Derrida and reconstruction of the terms relating to the built environment. Of course, owners architecture blocked adjacent low-rise could the Sun not see things in such poetic philosophical light. Anyway, it must be great however, for the people of New York City that is life in the luxury of the old buildings.