The Kestrel

DesignerLuca Andrisani
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

An eight story concrete shell of a building sat vacant for eight years in the neighborhood of Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. After so many years spent as a symbol of the recession, Luca Andrisani Architects was hired to re-imagine the facade and interiors of the new 126 rental unit building. Windsor Terrace is a neighborhood of tree lined streets with many single family homes alongside massive masonry apartment buildings. It was clear that to respect its neighbors, the redesign would need to work to dematerialize the massiveness of the building while breaking from the monotony of glassy developments. To achieve this, the facade was clad in hundreds of earth-toned metal panels of different sizes, shapes and colors that create a visually intricate and complex exterior. Dark Iron spot masonry in grays and browns frames metal portions around the top, sides, and ground floor of the building. Inside, metal wraps into the lobby vestibule and transitions to a double height walnut paneled entry. Glass at the rear lobby wall reveals a courtyard garden. Framing this view are the two sides of the inner lobby clad in gold-toned metal mesh. Anticipating that the occupants of this building would be searching for the quiet and green serenity of Windsor Terrace, interiors are finished in comfortable warm materials with modern fixtures and appliances. The apartments are laid out with a range of different floor plans with many windows to maximize the Prospect Park views.

About Designer

Founded in 2007 by Luca Andrisani, Luca Andrisani Architect represents a new generation of architects with an artistic interest in the craft and juxtaposition of timeless, unconventional, and cutting edge materials. The firm's conceptually designed environments balance intrigue with sustainable function and beauty. With a strong belief in listening as a guiding principle, Luca Andrisani Architect works with clients on projects of all scales and scopes to offer innovative solutions tailored to each individual project.

Awards and Prize

The firm has won numerous awards including three International Design Awards, a Merit Award by Interior Design Best of Year and was named an Emerging Architect by Architecture Record. The work of Luca Andrisani Architect has been featured in media and press venues including New York Magazine, Interior Design, Architectural Record, Metropolitan Home, Interiors, Interni, Daily News, Design & Display Ideas, and DLux.