You don’t often see a big name attached to a project of this size.

A pair of carriage houses in Clinton Hill will soon receive a modern studio addition designed by Sir David Adjaye, the 2021 RIBA Gold Medal Award-winning architect and designer of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in DC.

Yesterday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the addition and a request to and alter the front and rear facades at 410-412 Waverly Avenue, a home owned by famed American artist Glenn Ligon.

David Adjaye Associates

The new studio will sit atop the historic structure as a wedge-shaped addition rising from the front edge of the home to the back, wrapped in a black öko skin.

The home's existing carriage entrances (now metal roll-up shed doors) will also be updated with opaque glass.

The design is most certainly an exercise in humility, as the addition renders itself almost invisible when looking towards the front elevation, and the rear is minimally discernable from the street.

David Adjaye Associates

The commission applauded David Adjaye Associates for their thoughtful design and their respect for the existing historic condition of Waverly Avenue.