Townhouse privacy, another solution: ground floor "porch" room with mirrored walls and swing

From New York magazine writer David Hay: "When the owners of this 1867 Greenwich Village townhouse decided to remodel its storefront, the property’s designation as a National Landmark meant its original seven-by-eight-foot street-level windows could not be eliminated. No matter what they did, passersby would be able to peek in. "When the space was occupied by a beauty salon, as it had been when the family moved in, that wasn’t a problem. But now, as the couple looked to expand their living space, they faced a challenge. For a solution, the avid art collectors, along with their architect, Galia Solomonoff, founder of Solomonoff Architecture Studio, approached an artist they all admired, Rirkrit Tiravanija.

"Tiravanija’s site-specific installation now fills that area. Closest to the windows is his inspired take on an enclosed front porch: an oversize swing and bench set made from shiny stainless steel. Mirrored sliding doors on the back side of the room allow the entire area to be cut off, offering privacy in the rear."  Full article here.  (Photo credit: David Joseph.)