What do you do with a tiny backyard that’s only 15 feet wide–and half as long? In downtown Manhattan, a two-story living wall creates an illusion of space (and views of greenery) for a narrow West Village townhouse.
A gut renovation by Brooklyn-based architects Lubrano Ciavarra gave the homeowners the opportunity to dig out the backyard and cover the back wall with two tiers of planters, creating a walk-out garden with seating on the ground floor (where the new kitchen is situated). Brooklyn-based garden designer Marni Majorelle and her team at Alive Structures designed and installed the garden.
Photography by Chris Cooper courtesy of Lubrano Ciavarra.
Above: The ground floor kitchen opens to the excavated garden; full-story glass doors replaced the back wall of the house on two levels.
Above: The first-floor parlor looks out onto the top half of the living wall.
Above: The full-height windows completely replace the back wall of the house, to let in sunlight and, when open, to blur the boundaries between indoors and out.
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