Energetic House for Book Lovers and Cats in Brooklyn, NY

This colorful and highly original home in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, New York, was specially developed for a couple of professionals with a passion for art and good books. The design brief called for special accommodations for their 2 shy but inquisitive cats to be able to navigate through small and high places.

BFDO Architects envisioned the living area on the parlor floor lined on one side by a full-length bookshelf, topped by a cat circulation space. “Shelves project to create steps for the cats to climb up to a continuous open ledge where they can observe activities from a high vantage point,” the designers added. “Trap doors allow the cats access to rooms above at either end of the house.”

The main floor is organized into 4 separate areas: the living room, media room, dining area and kitchen. Upstairs, the studio occupies the back half of the floor. A balcony in the window wall allows the client to step outside for quick breaks from work. The 2-story wall of glass at the back of the house floods the interior with light.

This Brooklyn home offers so many visual points of interest; check out the diorama of a living room concealed behind the front door or the unconventional reading area accessed through a small ladder! Photography and information courtesy of BFDO Architects.


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