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A contemporary contextual real-estate development in a historic district based on ratios and proportions of the existing neighborhood.

Area: 7,600 SF

Location: Jersey City, NJ, USA
Project Completion: 2013
Total Cost: $2,000,000
Project Type: Real-Estate Development
Services: Design-Build

The 25’ lot produces four single-family residences with the inherent urban quality of narrow, linear space. As Architects, the main goal is to maintain an interior-exterior connection while creating a spacious and quiet living environment in the city. This is achieved by constructing continuous spaces from property line to property line. Spatially, the residences offer a quiet respite within the city core.

The project utilizes a variety of design strategies to elevate it above the more mundane infill developments typical of speculative housing. A significant attention has been focused on the exterior skin of the project and its appearance towards the surrounding neighborhood.

Within the urban context, the wood frame structure receives floating exterior skins of cedar wood and glass. The interior and exterior skins are separated by an internal air chamber, providing thermal and acoustic insulation. Materially, the glass and wood accentuate the diverse urban fabric of Jersey City.

The primary materials for the project consist of a system of horizontal cedar wood slats, glass panels and painted white aluminum window frame projections. The horizontal wood slats encompass the entire second and third floor with wood elements found in the neighbor. These wood elements help to break up the scale of the project and provide for a balanced palette that integrates the project into a coherent whole.

The 93-Bright project aims to align itself with a sensitive approach to the environment, building a “green edifice” in a variety of ways.