Large fans and a cross ventilation system cool the buildings without air conditioning.
House 2 entry porch.
House 3 interior with tufted insulation nearing completion.
Large fans and a cross ventilation system cool the buildings without air conditioning.
Tufted insulation slows temperature & humidity changes within the spaces to protect SIHS's collection of historic carriages without the use of extensive mechanical controls.
Carriage Houses 2 + 3.
Access + outdoor event rooms.
Aerial view of physical model.
Aerial view of Access Hub model.
Building envelope/capacity optimization analysis
Types S+Q corrugated steel arch sections.
Site from Arthur Kill Road.


Staten Island Historical Society, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York City DDC. , Staten Island Historical Society, Staten Island, NY

As part of NYC’s Design Excellence program, R+L has designed this ground up project for three new buildings that provide viewing and storage facilities for the SIHS’s 62 historic carriages. The program includes exhibition gallery for the top carriages, restoration space, and multi-purpose space for education programs and events. Departing from the given program for a single 3,000sf metal Butler building that could only house a part of the collection, R+L was able to triple the area using three steel arched-span structures. The deeply corrugated galvanized panels were sized to maximize storage capacity and economically perform as both structure and skin to provide 10,000sf needed to house the entire SIHS collection.

The multiple houses are situated to frame a series of exterior spaces for the organization’s frequent outdoor events. Super-saturated end walls create event backdrops with covered porches designed as hosting platforms for outdoor activities. Taken as a whole, the project forms a collections campus, opening up programming and shaping a new identity for the SIHS.

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented the Carriage Houses project with NYC Public Design Commission Award for Excellence in 2011.