Madderlake began in New York’s West Village and ultimately relocated to an 1840’s firehouse on the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn with outposts in Aspen and Marfa. Founded in 1975 by architect Tom Pritchard, early projects include two collaborations with Tod Williams, a home for American Ballet Theater in a former equestrian riding facility high above Central Park and his design for The Rubber House, an assemblage of sculptural forms sheathed in black rubber. The Rubber House remains a unique and audacious work frequently featured in publications. Landscape design grew in conjunction with architecture as projects expanded across the country.
West Village Town House: A second project for these clients will feature a vine-covered outdoor entertaining terrace above a completely reimagined fifty-foot wide garden; high above—a modern rooftop aerie with spectacular views of the Empire State building.
Park Design: our first public project—a redesign of a neglected ocean-front state park. We will reveal more when we can.
Garrison House: a monumental architectural-concrete indoor swimming pool and guest room addition.
Rhinebeck Barn: a sleek modern loft carefully inserted into a spectacular 1880’s barn.
Rhinebeck Estate: an ongoing, evolving master plan for grounds and gardens.
Williamsburg Bridge Park: our proposal for a unique park along the Brooklyn waterfront.
A new owner has recently completed a renovation of this mid-century modern house that began with our striking addition of an indoor swimming pool with rooftop parking and panoramic views of the Hudson River.
Located on a historic and picturesque Hudson Riverfront estate, Madderlake designed a simple but elegant open living space interwoven within the original post-and-beam structure, leaving the beautifully preserved barn shell virtually untouched.
The barn raised so that a new stone foundation could be built utilizing the old stone.
The interior design left the structure unaltered.
A long-term, ever-evolving project features a new glass conservatory that anchors numerous natural and formal gardens radiating in all directions: orchards, rose gardens boxwood parterres, vegetable and cutting gardens, a lotus pond and a Japanese strolling garden with specimen evergreens and paths into the adjacent woodlands.
Williamsburg Bridge Park
ARCHITECTURE + LANDSCAPE
Brooklyn’s only city-owned parcel of land not yet accessible to the public lies just south of the Williamsburg Bridge. Madderlake’s proposed transformation into park and community space is unique—three parks in one: creatively repurposed buildings provide much needed community facilities along the urban edge; a riparian green park activates the shoreline; an over-water park connects the Domino site to the north with ferries and waterfront parks to the south.