Touring a Digitally Inspired Home in Brooklyn

SpacesTV heads back to Brooklyn, this time checking out a gut reno project by architect Jordan Parnass, the founder of Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture. The townhouse was a total wreck upon purchase but it appealed to Parnass as a blank slate. They pulled out everything and designed the home using 3-D technology. It allowed the owners to visualize how the home would look from different viewpoints, as well as view many different options for the house configuration. The result is a bright, airy reno that really opens up the three-level home. Parnass talks about a site-specific, digitally inspired mural that takes up a huge wall in the living room. We also really dig that magnetic spice wall. Like it?
A Real Life Digital Architect [SpacesTV]

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  • I like the idea of the magnetic spice rack but recommendations for storage of spices is always ‘a cool, dark place’.

  • The fact he makes it sound like 3D-modelled architecture is some novel idea makes me wonder how many architects these days are still NOT using 3D. I wouldn’t hire an architect who couldn’t give me 3D views from inside the space – *for free*. Anyone who’s working in Autocad (or really any professional-grade architecture software), should be fully comfortable with completely modelling the space in 3D. And to go from 2D to 3D in autocad and then setting up a camera and printing screenshots takes very little time.

    I’m not an architect, but int he middle of my second apartment reno, I taught myself autocad for purposes of space planning, and, with a little time, and spacial-relations aptitude, it was not hard to get some really nice fully-lit renderings of the space that were precise to a about 1/4″ or the real measurements. This was for a novice / non-professional.

    Hell you can even learn Sketch-Up (which is free) in a couple of days, and while Sketup + Layout (pro-version – not free) is a real chore for doing paper drafting or creation of plans to submit to DoB, it’s so easy and fast for 3D mockups, and it exports to Autocad, so, IMO, anyone planning a major reno should use it – architect or home-owner.

    You can do such a better job of maximizing your space when modelling in 3D. When I did it we fit storage in all kinds of cool places – no space was wasted. I could also present great looking renderings to my wife for some of the more quirky spaces and we ended up knowing exactly what we’d be getting before it was built.

    I got one of those spice racks. They look cool, but the containers are kind of sucky – they get bits of spice between the lid and container and so the leak a lot, and get hard to open/close given the way they’re designed to pour out the side. Also, unless you tell the difference between some of the more obscure brownish/green seasonings by sight alone, you’ll need to put labels on the sides… I ended up finding that keeping them in the original glass jars in a drawer was a lot more convenient.