Paul Castrucci Architect at 2017 Open House New York / by Paul Castrucci


For two days each October, Open House New York Weekend unlocks the doors to New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York. From colonial to contemporary, residential to industrial, hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances and other special events taking place over the course of the weekend. Through the unparalleled access that it enables, OHNY Weekend deepens our understanding of the importance of architecture and urban design to fostering a more vibrant civic life and helps catalyze a citywide conversation about how to build a better New York.


Site Address - 158 Clifton Pl Brooklyn New York 11238

October 14th | 2pm to 6pm


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Architect - Paul A. Castrucci

Project Architect - Grayson Jordan 

Contractor - Blue Line Construction, Inc. 

About the Site

Recently completed, 158 Clifton is a two family timber framed row house in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. The row house is a unique showcase of reclaimed wood and built to Passive House EnerPHit standard.   It is a modern interpretation of a traditional wood clapboard row house.The row house was easily adapted to meet passive house retrofit ultra low energy use, with an expected 70% reduction in heat and cooling load. Because of the reduction in energy use no fossil fuel is being used on site.

The renovation was an extensive use of reclaimed wood from New York. The front façade is an old growth Douglas Fir utilizing the traditional Japanese art of charring exterior siding, Sho Shugi Ban. The rear façade is recycled Ipe from the Coney Island boardwalk.  The use of Coney Island boardwalk creates a modern rain screen and stark contrast to the front. This renovation reduced the energy demand of the building to the extent that the planned rooftop solar installation brings the Owner’s unit into Net Zero capability.

The woods in the triplex of the house generally follow the geographical area where they were originally harvested. The parlor floor us made of Southern Long-leaf Pine and this wood follow through the common areas. The second floor bedrooms include a mix of mid-Atlantic hardwoods. The top floor loft is antique Eastern White Pine. The homeowner is developing the top floor loft is dedicated to hosting sustainable salons and educational programming.


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