four-storey townhouse in the Chelsea Historic District received a full renovation by Selldorf Architects including a new rear façade and extension.

Chelsea House - exterior - Seldorf Architects

An existing 12 foot deep, one-story addition in the rear garden was removed and replaced by a new extension which encompasses all of the floors.  Full height casement windows maximize the south facing light while preserving the intimate scale of the house. New balconies were added at each floor creating a deeper connection between the house and the garden.

sculpture stair - Chelsea House - Seldorf Architects

Chelsea House - interior - Seldorf Architects





The interior is organized around a dramatic sculptural sky-lit staircase.  Its sinuous curvature links the floors together and creates a counterpoint to the rectilinearity of the basic townhouse footprint. A limited palette of finish materials including white oak flooring, Venetian plaster walls, and a blackened metal stair rail that matches the hearths of the home’s two fireplaces contribute to a general sense of calm and focus.

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