6sqft recently tipped us off about this verdant renovation of a historic townhouse in Manhattan’s West Village. Architect Andrew Franz restored many of the home’s architectural elements to their original glory, and expanded the living space upward with a lush penthouse addition adorned with plants. Read on for more pics of the very photogenic final result.

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Franz wanted to maintain the charm of the red brick townhouse while creating a more open atmosphere that enables its residents to utilize their space in a wiser fashion. The ground floor restaurant was kept in its original condition, while the rest of the façade was given an update. To coincide with the original blue shutters, Franz restored the window mullions and the stone lintels, preserving the antiquated flavor of the façade.

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The rear of the townhouse was opened out onto the yard, which leads to several levels of patios and roof gardens. Franz also added a large penthouse onto the top of the home, expanding the interior space, while creating a garden on the roof. The roof deck was then planted with rows of garden boxes with foliage and vines draping each surface. Finally, casement windows were added to pull natural daylight deep into the penthouse, while also allowing the residents to overlook the beautifully landscaped yard.

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