Does this architect-designed modern home with ribbed aluminum exterior accented with rustic wood belong in Europe, perhaps, or in the not-too-distant future? Featured in numerous design publications, including Dwell and Rizzoli’s “New York Living: Reinventing Home,” the house at 181 Richards Street has a chic and playful interior as well as luxurious landscaped outdoor spaces with sweeping views of Red Hook, the Statue of Liberty and Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
Ben Bischoff of MADE Build/Design was the architect of record for the property and also designed its 1,700-square-foot outdoor space, which includes a roof deck.
Inside, the home is well laid out and accented throughout with warm poplar, including a breathtaking stairway lined with a three-story bookcase. Two skylights help keep the whole home flooded with daylight.
The elegant living room has a modern wood-burning stove and wall of custom built-in bookcases. The floors are smooth polished concrete with radiant heat throughout.
The kitchen is also a beauty of modern design, with an extra-long wood island, sleek white cabinetry and capacious restaurant-style stainless-steel stove. Floor-to-ceiling windows give way to a balcony that overlooks and leads down to the garden. There is also a powder room on this floor (with malachite-patterned wallpaper), as well as a large pantry for storing food and kitchen supplies.
The second floor contains a family room and two bedrooms, as well as a full bath. Both of the bedrooms have a walk-in-closet, and there is also a laundry room on this floor.
One the third floor is the master bedroom, with a well-appointed ensuite bathroom with large tub and walk-in shower. There is also a large space that can accommodate a home office or workout area — or both. There is also an office space on the roof, which is surrounded by open space beautifully finished with patterned wood decking and landscaping.
The structure is built on stilts, which increases the home’s available exterior space, and accommodates a curb cut, parking for several cars, and space to store bicycles and other equipment.
181 Richards Street is located in the center of Red Hook, one of Brooklyn’s most distinctive neighborhoods, famed for its eclectic housing stock and community of artists and craft makers. It is close to the spots that make that neighborhood great, including Fairway and IKEA, of course, but also places like Hometown Bar-B-Que, Brooklyn Crab and 1930s luncheonette-turned-art-and-performance-space-and-tavern Sunny’s.
Listed by Patty LaRocco of Douglas Elliman, the house is asking $3.495 million.