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Choy House

O’Neill Rose Architects, Brooklyn architecture studio was asked to design the house for a builder and his extended family On a charming street in Flushing, Queens, New York, A dream home for the architects’ client, his wife and their two small children, his younger brother and his wife, and their mother.

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“Our client asked us to build a home for himself, his wife and two small children, his younger brother and his wife, and their mother — the matriarch of the family. Our challenge was to design three homes under one roof, in a neighborhood of Queens that is defined by single-family homes. We created three disparate dwellings with areas of connection and overlap that reflect the familial relationships.” – O’Neill Rose Architects

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O’Neill Rose Architects:

The Choy House is an unconventional home for an extended family. Our client asked us to build a home for himself, his wife and two small children, his younger brother and his wife, and their mother—the matriarch of the family. Our challenge was to design three homes under one roof, in a neighborhood of Queens which is defined by single family homes.

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We decided to create three disparate dwellings with areas of connection and overlap. The narrow slice at the front creates a triplex for the married couple; the client and his family occupy the rest of the first and second floors.

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The lower level, which opens up to the sunken terraced garden, is where the grandmother lives. With front doors only a few feet from each other, the brothers live as neighbors, and all of the spaces connect through the lower level; the ground floor family room and the outdoor pavilion are primary gathering spaces for the whole family.

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Many of the elements in the residences are collaborations between our firm and the client who is a builder that specializes in residential construction. As part of our collaboration we re-purposed excess materials from other construction projects of his.

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For example, the stair treads are 6×12 engineered wood beams cut in half diagonally, and the dining room light fixtures in both dining rooms were designed by O’Neill Rose Architects from scrap metal pieces we found in our client’s workshop.

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Project Data:

Project name: Choy House
Location: Flushing, Queens, New York, United States
Coordinates: n/a
Type:

  • Type By Characteristic: Contemporary House, Tower House
  • Type By Site: City / Town House
  • Type By Size: Medium House – (201 sqm – 450 sqm)
  • Type By Materials: Wooden House

Project Area: 2,700 sq.ft / 243 sqm
Status: Completed
Completion Date/Year: 2014

Awards:

  • 2016 – Architizer A+ Awards – Typology Categories: Residential > Private House (L 3000-5000 sq ft) – Jury Winner
  • 2016 – The American Institute of Architect (AIA Awards) – AIA New York Design Awards – Merit Award

The people:

Client / Owner / Developer: Private
Architects: O’Neill Rose Architects – 98 4th St #409, Brooklyn, NY 11231, United States
General Contractor: MC 2
Text Description: © Courtesy of O’Neill Rose Architects
Images: © O’Neill Rose Architects, Michael Moran/OTTO

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