Franklin Street Residence – Tribeca, NY
Architect & Design:
O’Neill Rose Architects
About the Project
Located in the Tribeca part of New York City, this Franklin Street private residence used reSAWN’s KUJAKU shou sugi ban charred cypress as an accent wall. The wall cladding, from reSAWN’s CHARRED collection, maintains a natural wood look while accentuating the grain of the cypress. With primary design inspiration coming from the history and context of the property location, O’Neill Rose Architects specified KUJAKU shou sugi ban as a simplistic feature that accents the entirety of the room.
Focusing on the natural flow and connection between rooms, O’Neill Rose used the inherent warm tones of wood in conjunction with natural lighting of large windows to create a space that is inviting and harmonious. The residence is minimalist and relies on the contrast between white walls and ceilings and dark colored furniture pieces. Small quarter size holes can be found in part of the KUJAKU shou sugi ban wall cladding as a further way to connect the rooms through sunlight.
O’Neill Rose Architects is a Brooklyn based architecture firm led by Devin O’Neill and Faith Rose. Their versatile approach to architecture allows them to create spaces that reflect and frame their client’s aspirations. They balance between the everyday and the unexpected through the exploration of materials and the exploitation of construction methods. The result is an architecture which inspires people to explore and express how they coexist within the larger landscapes of their lives, and to create richer and more meaningful places in which to live, work, and play.
O’Neill Rose Architects has been recognized in the United States and internationally through publications and awards, including the 2016 Architizer A+ Award, the 2016 Architects Institute of America NY Merit Award, and the 2015 Asia Pacific Architecture & Design Trophy Award for best International Architecture. In 2014 New York Magazine recognized O’Neill Rose Architects as one of the best architecture firms in New York.
KUJAKU, from the CHARRED neutral collection, features cypress burnt in the Japanese style of shou sugi ban. KUJAKU can be used as exterior siding or interior wall cladding, and is available in either select or #2 common grade. The higher the grade, the higher the wood is expected to perform, especially in exterior applications. reSAWN’s cypress is sourced from the southern United States. With its legendary beauty and natural durability, cypress has long been a staple as an exterior wood siding product. Because cypress generates its own preservative oil, called cypressene, it’s an ideal wood for locations with constant heat, humidity, and torrential rains.