The perfect blend of 19th century elegance and sleek modernism, this uplifting glass extension adds light, space and a touch of style to its adjoining Brooklyn row home. Keeping the original structure's charm, O'Neill McVoy Architects designed the Fort Green Pavilion as a seamless addition that includes a kitchen, a music room, and an informal social space for a poet, an attorney, and their two daughters. The 360-square-feet glass extension blurs the exterior and interior, creating a relaxing, inviting, and harmonious space.
Framed with wood and steel, the pavilion is essentially a glass box that sits against the home’s original back wall. The framing forms a lattice-like structure with angled transparent and translucent glass panes that pivot open. These window allow for natural ventilation, further expanding the boundary between the indoors and outdoors. The translucent, sandblasted panes diffuse light, picking up different landscape reflections and views. The floor-to-ceiling windows create a distinctive and beautiful architecture melody that marries the inside and the outside.
Because the addition is brighter and more airy compared to the main house, the new space gives the illusion of floating into a magical garden. The upper level of the pavilion is a kitchen lined with white-stained ash cabinets that reflect and help disperse natural light throughout the room. On the lower floor, there is an oak-lined music room and informal sitting area with sliding doors that extend the space to the backyard. An open staircase connects the two spaces, allowing light to dance from one space to another.