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             elebrating its 20th century history,
             red brick apartment building
        CBushwick, located on a tree-
        lined street in Brooklyn, New York, has
        recently been sensitively restored. With
        its bold architecture and distinctive
        leaded copper mansard, the apartments
        feature exposed brick walls and original
        elements of the building – including
        sash windows, tile flooring, baseboards,
        banisters and moldings – and
        are decorated with local historical photos.
          Alongside these character-filled
        elements, modern design features have
        been incorporated, such as the internal
        exposed steel staircases, SMEG fridges,
        colourful patterned floor tiles and
        bespoke fixtures and fittings.
          International architects The Design
        Agency along with Brooklyn-based
        Opera Studio and local designer William
        Jude partnered with global boutique
        residential company Node on the design-
        led apartments. The concept, however,
        went beyond blending historical and
        contemporary design.
          Node has tapped into the zeitgeist with
        its fully furnished, interior-designed,
        Instagram-ready apartments that are
        ready to move into, while also offering
        an authentic community. Its housing is
        designed for asset-light professionals,
        who are looking for stress-free housing,
        yet want a place to call home and to
        engage in neighbourhood life.
          “The community concept was one of the
        main reasons I chose to move here,” says
        resident Oliver Ashworth, who was new
        to the area and moved into his new home
        with just two suitcases of belongings.
          “Our ethos is to provide residents with
        a consistent community in locations
        where they can connect, rather than
        simply rent a unit and go it alone,”
        explains Anil Khera, Node’s founder.
        “We are creating a family of residents,
        who are encouraged to socialise together
        in communal areas.”
          Before the interior design work could
        begin, however, the existing foundation
        needed additional support with concrete
        reinforced with rebar. Steel channels,
        which were left exposed in some areas,
        to support the weight of the additional
        floor, were added and incorporated
        as a mansard roof, in honour of the
        existing historical façade. The vertical
        enlargement was built out of c-joists and
        plywood decking, while the existing joists
        in the building were replaced with new
        steel c-joists.
          “Steel frame headers support the
        weight of the new steel stairs, which
        highlights the industrial history of
        Brooklyn,” reveals Anil. When the walls

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