Switchback House

The Switchback House brings the 19-century Brooklyn row house to the modern day with a slick new design. As the name implies, the first change is removing the traditional stacked staircase and replacing it with a switchback. The concept then adds a skylight above the new passageway. This updated layout eliminates the former hallways, opening the space and connecting adjacent rooms. It also allows the natural light from above to reach every level of the interior, illuminating the home without any artificial light. The result is a bright and open revision of the historic architecture.

Photos: Kevin Kunstadt / Light and Air

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