Residential:  Multi-Family Housing, Bronx, NY
Architect:  Peter Caradonna Architecture and Planning
Role:  Schematic Design, Design Development and Construction Documents


Located on a narrow block just steps away from Little Italy in the Bronx a pair of new two-family homes are being designed which will provide its occupants space, comfort, and efficiency not usually found in this neighborhood, or many others for that matter.  The design, by Long Island based Peter Caradonna Architecture and Planning, focuses on energy efficiency, effective use of space, and novel use of materials.

The new homes will greet passersby with colorful rain screen cladding, and a large projecting bay window clad in Corten steel which will age to a rust red patina.  Architect Peter Caradonna recently visited Estonia where buildings clad largely in Corten steel welcomed him at the border, giving him confidence in the material and helping to finalize the decision to use it on this project.  Behind these extraordinary materials are walls made of a more conventional material, concrete.  Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF’s), made of concrete poured into a stay-in-place form made of insulating material, will provide a highly efficient building envelope while offering durable, fire restive, walls.  Once inside, materials remain neutral, polished concrete floors and painted walls and ceilings, to adapt easily to each tenants taste. 

Within each unit of the new two-family homes there are four bedrooms, two bathrooms, laundry, and a kitchen which opens up to a dramatic double height living room.  A large expanse of windows provides abundant daylight while opening up the space which, after entering, occupants will know is the place to be, whether in the living room or overlooking it from the loft above.  Bedrooms are cozy and offer a view to either the street or yard in each of the units.  While anticipating construction of these new homes the architects not only look forward to seeing one of their designs come to life, but trust they will serve as a model for energy efficient, modern living available to all.