Cutting Edge Architecture in Suburbia / by John McGurk

In what could be a repeat series, the first installment of "Cutting Edge Architecture in Suburbia" comes from a small place right outside of Manhattan.  Going North over the George Washington Bridge, you will drive through a town called Demarest, NJ. 

You will most likely miss it, unless you are looking for it, the town is a tiny and very idyllic spot just 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan.  On one backroad, there is an amazing house that we stumbled upon while working in the the area.  It is brutalist and minimal, made of concrete slabs, and emits a stark and utilitarian vibe with little dashes of blue to add a little color to the mix.  

 The walkway up to the front door.  The high grass is a nice touch.

The walkway up to the front door.  The high grass is a nice touch.

Located at 15 Hight Street in Demarest, this house is called "Another Concrete House" and was built by the architecture firm N.E.E.D. based in NYC.  After a chat will the owner of the house, we understood that he may have been the architect as well, but this is not confirmed, there was a minor language barrier.  It was constructed for a Korean family that had relocated to the area.

 View from corner of High Street into driveway and setting. 

View from corner of High Street into driveway and setting. 

As you can imagine, the neighbors were not so happy, and apparently the owner got a few nasty notes during construction.  To get a really great look at it, check out this angle from Google Street View.  It is always good to shake things up and this home is an example of what can be done in suburbia, especially after one considers the alternative: the McMansion seen directly beside this gem in the rough. 

 Front entrance.  The interior is just as elegant. 

Front entrance.  The interior is just as elegant.