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Thoresen & Linard
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Windsor Park
Windsor, Washington Township, New Jersey
Site Planning Architecture Project

Client: Trafalgar House Residential
Size: 40 acres


The village of Windsor is a small agricultural community that has remained relatively untouched by recent development pressure on the area. It is located about 12 miles southeast of Princeton. Many of the houses that line the two streets of the Village date from 1820-1860 when the Greek Revival style was popular. Although most of them are modest, the Village has a cohesive quality that distinguishes it from the surrounding communities.

The site is 40 acres of fallow farmland and woods. Working within the criteria proposed by the Town Planners for a conservation area, as opposed to the existing 2-acre zoning regulations, we planned 80 residences, both detached and semi-detached, on 8,5000 s.f. lots laid out in a grid parallel to the existing streets. The grid was chosen to propagate the village atmosphere and reinforce the existing street fabric. Each house would be about 1,200 s.f with a garage accessible from a rear alley., Architectural elements and scale of nineteenth century village houses such as porches, picket fences, brick sidewalks, cast iron lamps, etc. would be recognized in the new development. About one third of the site, including a pond, woodlands, a small park and playground, would remain commonly open space.





 


The Ledges
Lewisboro, Westchester NY
Project for Planning Architect

Client: The Luxmoore Corporation
Size: 65 acres.

The property is located in upper Westchester in a town particularly dedicated to maintaining its rural appearance. The land forms a series of dramatic descending plateaux that are densely wooded. There are small streams and majestic rock outcroppings throughout the site. The zoning is 4 acre and the Town permitted clustering 14 single family houses placed on the most suitable and desirable locations on the upper plateau, taking advantage of the western views and southern exposure. Selective clearing and planting around the houses assures privacy, while almost half the property is developed with ponds, steams and trails for the enjoyment of all the residents.

Beechwood
Briarcliff Manor, New York
Project for Planning Architect

Site = 34 acres
New Construction = 81,000 S.F.
Old House = 14,000 S.F.

An historic mansion dating from 1790 on a park-like estate overlooking the Hudson River was renovated as three luxurious residences. 34 new townhouses were carefully sited on the property. Great attention was paid to preserving and enhancing the magnificent plantings of the existing landscape. Many of the original garden structures were restored or reconstructed. the estate is within an historic district. We worked closely with the town planners, who encouraged clustering, to make this possible.

 


 

Proposal for Southtown
Roosevelt Island, New York
Project for Planning Architect
Client: Alternative Southtown Design Committee
Site: 2,140,000 S.F. / 19.3 acres

The plan celebrates the "island" qualities of the site. A single street connects the south end of the existing Main Street to the tram terminal near the Queensborough Bridge by way of the newly constructed subway station. Buildings are grouped along this spine rising from six stories at the street level to 21 story towers, the maximum height of existing buildings on  the island. Both buildings and street conform to New York City ordinances. Vehicular traffic is restrained in favor of a shuttle system of mini-buses.

Conceptually, our plan emphasizes the linearity and continuity of Roosevelt Island by integrating the residential and commercial activities of the existing and new along a continuous Main Street. In addition to socio-economic benefits, the spinal concept yields several advantages: a compact footprint preserves open space and the island qualities of the site; it provides non-formalistic and flexible development which can be phased as the market dictates; and a compact and efficient infrastructure reduces up-front costs making this unusual project feasible.

 

 

 

 




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that requires a fine, experienced planning / zoning architect.

 

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