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The architects took advantage of the low existing building to create a roof deck, but they also carved an opening into the second floor to create a terrace adjacent to the living area, seen here. Skylights help to bring sunlight into the living space and lower floor.
Across the East River in Brooklyn is this townhouse designed by Sarah Jeffreys Design. It is located in the Boerum Hill neighborhood, a desirable location south of downtown Brooklyn and not too far from the borough's Prospect Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.
A living room tops the building and sits adjacent to the roof deck. A sliding wall unites the interior and the south-facing exterior. The wood slats help to frame the distant view, but they also shade the interior from the setting sun.