When Kirsten Johnson is at work, on a film set, she is sometimes asked,
    “Who’s watching your children?”
    “They’re at home with their dads”
    “Dads? Plural? As in two?”

    Eight years ago, as a single woman who wanted children, Johnson began having conversations about co-parenting with her lifelong friend and work colleague, Ira Sachs, and his husband, the painter Boris Torres. Today the three parents are collaboratively raising twins, Felix and Viva, and helping each other manage the work-life balance of their busy schedules.
Originally the combined family shared a small apartment in Manhattan’s West Village. This became a “crazy town,” according to Johnson, and she soon moved into the unit next door to establish clear boundaries. Although through sharing a wall, film equipment and dinners, the two separate apartments often feel like one. This prompted us to imagine a more seamless way for the family to live together, while allowing the parents to maintain the privacy they currently enjoy.
    Our design for their new Harlem townhouse is situated in a narrow lot of 17feet, which has remained vacant due to its tightly compressed condition. The building is organized as two towers for the two sets of parents, intersected by a central volume where family activities converge. All members of the family are tied together in their cross movement throughout the house.

teammate: Ryan Alexander
honorable mention, 'COMPETITION 2020 A HOUSE FOR...'