Design Vault Ep. 16 Z House with Shane Neufeld


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Shane Neufeld, RA is an American architect and artist born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1982.  He received his BA in Fine Arts in 2004 from Amherst College, where he studied painting and literature, and his masters degree in 2009 from the Yale School of Architecture. He is the founder of Light and Air Architecture, ( a architecture and design firm based in Brooklyn NY.  The firm’s work has been widely published, and completed projects include the Z House, Switchback House, Sterling Place, Skylit House and Nassau Street Loft.  The office also focuses on issues concerning social justice, such as L/AND/A’s competition winning entry for the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Memorial in Richmond, Virgina. 


After graduate school, Shane spent three years with Rogers Marvel Architects in New York, working on a variety of projects that focused on urban, residential, commercial as well as institutional architecture. Such designs include Pierhouse, a large-scale residential building to be completed on Brooklyn’s waterfront, SandRidge Energy’s amenities campus in downtown Oklahoma City, and RAMPed Up, a USGBC National Competition Winner for an affordable house in New Orleans. Additionally, he was a Project Architect at Christoff : Finio Architecture where he oversaw the design and construction of the Kentucky Museum of Arts in Craft in Louisville. Shane has also served as a faculty member at the New Jersey Institute of Technology School of Architecture. He is a Registered Architect in New York.





The Z House (named for the shape of its stair) is a transformative renovation providing a different model for the urban, domestic experience. At the project’s center is a new “switchback” stair that integrates the house vertically and horizontally, carving out the existing structure in order to shape dynamic sightlines that connect inhabitants in new and exciting ways. The stair’s drama is heightened by the placement of large windows punctuating the rear façade, allowing the vertical space to open to the exterior - directing views from the stair, through the house, and to the yard beyond.



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