This oh-so urban industrial chic project by Shigeru Ban in New York City will be completed in fall this year. The Metal Shutter Houses are a part of a series of shutter homes (see also Shutter House of a Photographer and The Glass Shutter House in Tokyo). The building of 11 stories has 9 duplex apartments with floor areas ranging from 180m2 to 295m2 (the penthouse) and all have walls that can be moved out of the way completely. The facade metal shutters are motorated and serve as privacy screens by covering the double-hight living rooms that are otherwise exposed to the streets. In the penthouse the large windows can be opened completely, leaving no boundaries between the interior and the terrace. The idea for this came from delis and industrial rolling gates to close the storefronts, allowing the house to blend perfectly with the densly built city environment.
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