Michael Scaduto is a New York State Registered Architect and a LEED Accredited Professional. He graduated from the Cooper Union School of Architecture, where he received a rigorous, multi-disciplinary and investigation focused education. His professional experience ranges from highly detailed residential and commercial interiors to academic housing to large scale luxury condominium and low income multifamily highrise new construction. What unites his varied work is inventive detailing, a playful interplay of form and color, and a a focus on beauty, usability and sustainability that is grounded in a clear and realistic reading of client program, budget, schedule, and site to ensure their goals are met.
In this project, currently under construction, we're taking an existing 2-story house and expanding it by about 75% with a new third floor addition and a 12 foot deep full height extension in the rear yard. The ground floor will be the open public spaces, kitchen dining and iving room leading to the garden. The second floor will be bedrooms for the client's growing family along with laundry and a large skylit hall that will serve as a library/gallery. The new third floor will have a master suite facing the garden in the rear and a family room in the front opening onto a south facing roof terrace with views to the harbor.
The new house will be quite green too. The newly constructed exterior walls will be constructed as a rain screen system, with low cost fiber cement panels over exterior insulation. This multi-colored exterior skin will be both low maintainence & durable and alond with the IRMA roof, will provide an extreemly tight and well insulated buinding envelope. The house will also fearture under floor radiant heating and highly effiicient multi-zoned central air conditioning.
This brownstone apartment had great light but little else. We opened up the existing galley kitchen to the living room, added a skylight and rejuvenated the bath, and replaced the fixtures and finishes in both. Period details and woodwork were carefully restored as a contrast to the more modern finishes.
This project, currently under construction, includes a gut renovation, 2-story addition and deck in the rear yard, new rooftop stair addition and deck, and central A/C systems. This brownstone, converted into a 4-family in the 40s, retained most of its original details in the lower floors but had been stripped and reconfigured on the upper levels. This conversion is transforming it into a lower 3-bedroom triplex including a cellar family room, and two upper 2-bedroom floor throughs, one with a terrace on the roof of the addition and the other with a roof deck with great views to the north of the Manhattan and expanding Brooklyn skyline.
Sometimes the smallest projects present the largest challenges. The client wanted a bathroom on the parlor floor of their landmarked brownstone without disturbing the existing 19th century details. The solution was to use the space below the stair, which was previously closed off from the apartment below. The odd triangle of space, crafted in dark stained oak, matching the stair, also contains a broom closet, and a pantry/wine rack.
In the second phase of this project the kitchen was moved from the ground floor up to the rear parlor unifying the living spaces on one floor. The cabinetry and fixtures were integrated into the existing details; the closets flanking the arch were removed, opening up space for the counter and appliances. An island was constructed that includes ample storage and an under counter microwave facing the kitchen and bookshelves facing the dining area. Finally, a window was extended to the floor creating a door to a new deck and stair to the yard below.
This renovation of a small East Village apartment transforms the dim, narrow spaces with splashes of color and built-in cabinetry. In the living room, a salvaged restaurant prep table from the Bowery is combined with rough oak planks to create a media center. A row of bare half silvered bulbs set the bright magenta wall aglow. In the bedroom translucent Ikea cabinets are united by a gossamer panel and a continuous white-washed oak countertop to form a narrow desk. The electric green bathroom, doors and storage locker ignite the long narrow hall that leads to the kitchen. A band of light surrounds the cabinetry with a warm glow, shining against the stainless steel counter and appliances and giving the eat-in-kitchen a romantic touch worthy of intimate dinner parties.
This office for a VC firm juxtaposes raw loft space with a polished corporate interior. Translucent walls and sliding doors bring diffuse light from the bright exterior offices and meeting room to the central gallery. A woven metal screen is set against the concrete ceiling & beams to conceal the lighting, sprinklers and duct work, while a cork floor and burlap panels soften the open workspace.
This penthouse loft is full of movement and surprises. A sliding bookcase hides a murphy bed. The skylight shines on the glass treads of the spiral staircase which is ringed by glowing tubes that separate the bedroom from the master bath. Below, the living space is unified by a freestanding zinc-clad cube, containing a fireplace, hidden media center and mechanical closet.
This Victorian house had a small, dark kitchen and no ready access to the driveway. We added a laundry/mud room seen below and opened the kitchen to the rear stair hall reclaiming much usable space. The glazed backsplashes open views to the deck and yard and along with the bright and colorful finishes create a glowing center of this house.
This vast loft was organized with a ring of circulation surrounding bathrooms and storage in the center. This space flows from entry to living room, dining, kitchen and study, to wet bar and wine cellar, to music room and an 80’ play room complete with a zip line. Etched glass panels swing and slide to isolate spaces as needed while rich stone and exotic woods contrast with clean, minimal detailing.
As project architect I took these projects from the initial design through documentation and into construction.
These three project for Glenwood Management will consist of over 800 units of mixed luxury and affordable housing when completed. In the Garment District, the 25-story 205-unit Crystal Green development is nearing completion and will begin occupancy next month. The building is divided into a 200 unit main building on 39th street and a 6 story annex on 38th street featuring floor through loft apartments and a garden duplex. In the main building there is a mix of studio to 2-bedroom units, and a wide range of amenity spaces including a gym, lounge and landscaped terrace, playroom, billiards room and two levels of parking. On the Upper West Side we are currently in the early construction and design phases of two sister building adjacent to Lincoln Center. These will rise 54 & 49 stories, contain approximately 600 units ranging from studios to a 4-bedroom duplex penthouse and will feature, among similar amenities to Crystal Green, a 2-acre garden built above an existing underground garage and a rooftop pool. On these three projects I am the project manager directly beneath the partner in charge. I supervise the other members of the design team and have worked on all aspects of design and construction administration from initial zoning studies through substantial completion.
This LEED Gold dormitory, is situated at the center of two residence quads at Stony Brook University. Sited on a busy intersection, it unites the quads with a café, gallery, seminar rooms and a large meeting room, and provides housing for 600 students. Originally programmed as two buildings, the structure is united with a luminous bridge of lounges spanning a main access route to the campus core. The façade is a lively pastiche of colorful metal panels, reflecting the two quads’ emblems. The seven story structure is a combination of steel framing and metal stud bearing walls with precast concrete plank floor slabs; allowing for wide open communal spaces and a quick and economic construction schedule. On this project I served as job captian during the schematic to CDs phases and assisted the senior project manager in construction administration.
Winner of the 2011 AIA Long Island Chapter- Institutional Design Excellence
Michael Scaduto AIA, LEED A.P.
85 Adams Streert, Ste 6C
Brooklyn NY 11201