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The Turett Collaborative Project Featured on Houzz

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“Still in stainless steel, but in a less sinuous open version, this slide settles between the two levels of a penthouse in New York. After getting their hands on two identical apartments located one above the other, the owners of the premises had the crazy desire to connect them with a slide. The entrance to the slide is in the 2nd-floor office of the duplex, it finishes in the living room on the lower level. The large picture window on the floor and the transparent railing give you chills when you slip on the slide. One has the impression of jumping, the feet first, in the dizzy streets of the city." Read the original article (in French) here

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Architectural Metal Worker Gabrielle Shelton is Beyond Proving Herself

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  Shelton has never shied away from hard work. Especially in the early days of her career, she was almost always the only woman on a job site or in the shop. “I wasn’t fazed by it. I never felt out of place or like a spectacle,” she says, conceding that “I used to get asked to prove myself a lot.” She’s now firmly beyond that stage. Yes, she still “absolutely has had both contractors and employees say things to me that I know they would never say to a man. But I think that’s true of any woman at any job.”   Gabrielle Shelton has worked on countless commissions for The Turett Collaborative. Read more about her experiences in the studio on 1stdibs.com  

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Jorge González 359 dias en 19 meses (359 days in 19 months)

Tropical Modernism

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This chair at Embajada Gallery in San Juan features Taino Weaving on a reproduction of a Henry Klumb ARKLU Studio chair. Henry Klumb is a German-born architect who lived and worked in San Juan, Puerto Rico from 1944 until his death in 1984. Klumb founded ARKLU, a design studio which produced furniture and utility objects from locally grown materials. Jorge González, an artist who produces these chairs today, currently has an exhibition at Embajada Gallery in Hato Rey, San Juan, Puerto Rico featuring the work of Taino weavers, combined with modernist elements from Klumb's designs for ARKLU. The Taino are pre-Columbian natives of the island who have all but been wiped out. Taino woven chairs once would have been commonplace objects of utility, but are now generally considered to be art objects due to their rare character. By maintaining the traditions…

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Recently Completed: Shipping Container Design in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park

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What could be more appropriate for a new harbor-side park in Brooklyn — and once the site of a great port complex - than to incorporate shipping container design.  That's what we believed, and the New York City Parks Department agreed. As a building material, these containers offer a lot. They are abundant, and recycling is both environmentally friendly and inexpensive. The steel bones are structurally stronger than a wood frame. They are mold proof, fire proof and termite proof. On top of that, the containers can be converted off site, transported and then assembled on site, saving time and money on construction. We incorporated lots of features into what we believe is a very cool comfort station.     Completed Park Station Click here to learn more about other sustainable features of this project.

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Sixties Architecture Examples Must Be Landmarked

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From across the Atlantic, the BBC News reached out to our own Wayne Turett for comment on the proposed destruction of an important example of sixties architecture – a style that some do not appreciate fifty years later. The city council in Carlisle, England is considering tearing down its Civic Centre for the development of a shopping and entertainment district. Among the unique features of the period building were East African olive wood, Brazilian rose wood, Japanese silk wallpaper and Finnish lampshades. The exterior sports 37,000 sq ft of French and Italian mosaic tiles.  It was a "grand civic and engineering statement", says John Kelsall from the Carlisle and District Civic Trust. New York architect Wayne Turett says: "The point is not whether you like the Carlisle civic centre - that kind of personal decision is better left for the colour of…

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Townhouse Renovation for Open Elegant Space

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Expanding livable space appealing to modern aesthetics is a primary design challenge in townhouse renovation. In our renovation of this 61st street townhouse, the interior and rear walls were removed and reconstructed.  With floor-to-ceiling windows and skylight, natural light now floods every room. White stained maple and polished steel adorn the new interior. The clear spatial configuration, innovative glass addition, use of natural materials work in harmony to redefine a modern townhouse. A four-story, open stairwell with a sculpted symmetry brings a design consistency to the entire renovation. A penthouse master suite captured unused air rights to extend the living space.  The suite includes an easy access terrace and great natural light for both the bedroom and bathroom suite.   The open stairwell reaches up to a large skylight, allowing natural light to brighten each floor. Outdoor stairs from the second…

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NYT 13 Leroy Article (for link to news post only)

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TCA Stairs (slideshow only)

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Townhouse Architecture for NYC Art Collectors

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Within close proximity to NYC art galleries and acclaimed Highline park, Turett Collaborative Architects transformed this 4-story, multi-unit townhouse into a 5-story, single family residence with an exclusive open floor plan. Townhouse architecture, often defined by a narrow width, demands a very smart use of space.  Only 18 foot wide, this transformation was no exception.  The challenge was amplified by a commitment to create space suited for potential art collectors who value living near west Chelsea's famed art galleries A two story rear extension featuring a 20'-0" high wall of glass was the design anchor for this gut renovation. The glass rear wall allows unobstructed views into the rear garden from both the kitchen at ground level and the second floor living room. The patio area becomes a extension interior living space. It artistically frames an urban landscape that rises above the patio and…

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Sustainablilty Guides NYC Loft Renovation

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How do you undertake a 520 square foot loft renovation with a commitment to sustainability while making optimal use of space – length, width and height? The Turett design team drew on its experience with 'green' materials to integrate Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood flooring and kitchen cabinets, recycled mosaic glass tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms, paints free of volatile organic compounds and energy efficient lighting. One of the main challenges was separating the different living areas -- kitchen, living room, and sleeping loft -- in an interesting way while maximizing the sense of each space in a relatively small area. The solution was to think volume -- length, width and height.  In this gut renovation,  a three-level loft emerged with  a custom designed, double-height screen of movable translucent panels to create a hybrid room divider, feature wall, shelving…

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