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Warren Street Townhouse

Japanese-inspired gut renovation of a historic Brooklyn brownstone.

Brownstoner Warren Street Studio Vural
Studio Vural Warren Street Brownstone

     This 1880 brownstone in tony Cobble Hill has excellent bones but had been chopped up and disfigured over the years. Previous renovations had stripped historical details and cobbled together rooms, making a contemporary gut renovation a must. Studio Vural worked with interior designer Claire Hung to create a minimalist, Japanese-inspired home, seamlessly harmonious in form and finishes.
      As a young couple, our European clients visited Japan and stayed in an authentic Japanese house. It was a memorable experience which became the driving force behind our design. Japanese architecture is more about absence than presence. Statements are made by harmony of simple parts coming together in a fluctuating rhythm. Unlike Western architecture, formal relationships are asymmetrical and atonal, if you will.  This is the essence of our design. 

We used a hand-selected veneer of European Oak, mix-matched to our clients liking to create the undulating pattern. Stone species are beige travertine, marble tiles and hand-poured concrete slabs for the kitchen counters. Glass floor openings as light wells, and an all-glass master bathroom in an intimate bedroom are unique features. 
Warren Street Townhouse is a special project for us, we poured our hearts and minds into it, survived a pandemic and came-through transformed, more experienced and better architects. We thank everyone who worked collaboratively for a common goal, often a simple yet healing process.

Principal Architect

Selim Vural, AIA

Project team

Rima Askin

Angela Tsaveska





General Contractor 

David Nahm, Orion Development

Art Director & Ceramics

Kerry Robertson

Mill work

Quarter Sawn Group - Victor Manuel Calixto

Interior Designer

Claire Hung


Kate Glicksberg

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