03. 173 Amity

Location: : Brooklyn, New York
Status: Completed
Role: Designer
Project Team: Rawan Muqaddas,
Selma Akkari

Amity street is a design-led development project by Selma Akkari, in collaboration with Rawan Muqaddas. Located in the historic Cobble Hill district, the Brooklyn apartment sits on the 4th floor of a stone building built in 1910, overlooking a lush tree line on a quiet cobblestone street at the corner of Amity and Clinton. The charming apartment hadn’t been touched since the ‘60s maintaining a sense of character that the duo decided to build on.

After a developer approached them with a unique vision in mind for a complete gut renovation of the unit, the plan was to enhance the value of the property through a sustainable design lens that maintained a high-end aesthetic. The New York City market being quite competitive, meant the space needed to cater to a new wave of Cobble Hill buyers looking for homes - smart and innovative planning was crucial.

An escape from the busy Brooklyn streets, the heart of the home was carefully curated. Keeping the kitchen airy and open, it was conceived as part of the living space with emphasis on the long marble shelf in place of upper cabinets. The shelf topped by two sconces serves as a backdrop showcasing the honed purple- green veined marble. The layout then allows the fridge to be tucked away from the dining room, leaving it unseen. The bedrooms were perceived as moment of serenity with integrated open shelves and an ensuite walk-in closet and bathroom. An operable skylight was introduced in the second bedroom, allowing even more light to flood through the 16-window corner apartment. With adaptability in mind, an alternative floor plan was conceived, allowing the addition of a 3rd bedroom with minimal construction. The living space then remains open, boasting the two historic bay windows overlooking Amity Street.