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The Choy House by O’Neill Rose Architects

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In the middle of traditional neighborhood of Queens lies this extraordinary home. Well, its actually one house but three homes with their very own unique look and feel to it.

By Henrik Malmberg | Architecture | 2016-05-12

The Choy House reexamines the idea of an American home which gave O'Neill Rose Architects quiet the challenge. The clients wanted to maintain the tradition of the extended family while also providing the privacy the three families required. The architect’s challenge was to design three homes under one roof, in a typical Queens neighborhood of one family homes.

O+RA’s inventive solution created private living spaces for the three branches of the Choy family while weaving in areas of overlap and connection. With front doors only a few feet from each other, the family members live as neighbors; the ground floor family room, the terraced garden, and outdoor pavilion are primary gathering spaces for the whole family.

The interiors feature the creative re-use of surplus construction materials; the stair treads are made from discarded wood beams, and the dining room and kitchen light fixtures, designed by O+RA, are fabricated from scrap metal pieces.

The Choy House by O’Neill Rose Architects

The Choy House by O’Neill Rose Architects

The Choy House by O’Neill Rose Architects

The Choy House by O’Neill Rose Architects

Photos: Michael Moran