New York City
The two-story 1870s brick building at the edge of the TriBeCa West Historic District has distinctive corbelled brickwork, an unusual acute plan, low massing, and a multitude of French- and double-hung windows. A financial executive purchased the building and combined it with the adjacent plot into one tax lot.
In an area increasingly populated by new and renovated condo towers, the architects wanted to respect the building’s landmarked status and complement the pedestrian-friendly streets. They designed a new six-story structure and attached it to the renovated historic brick structure, fully integrating both internally for a total of 11,500 square feet. The new tower uses steel framing and composite fiber cement panels to complement the cast iron and terra-cotta structures in the neighborhood.
The exterior of the two-story historic structure was painstakingly preserved. At the second floor, the old and new buildings flow seamlessly into each other, forming an open-air courtyard, a huge open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, and a media room. The roof of the two-story structure incorporates extensive irrigated roof gardens with structural skylights.
Location: TriBeCa, NYC
Completion Date: January 2009
Gross square footage: 11,500 sq.ft.
Total construction cost: $7,000,000
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Associate architect(s): Simeon Seigel, LEED AP
Interior designer: Jessica Shaw
MEP: P.A. Collins
Lighting: Lightfield, Inc. – Alexander Radunsky
General contractor: ALCON Builders, INC.
CAD system, project management, or other software used: Vectorworks
Rainscreen: ‘Eternit’ (fiber-cement panels) by SwissPearl
Other cladding unique to this project: exterior glazing by Euro Glass
Upswinging doors, other: Unico garage doors
Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore paints
Wall coverings: Knoll, MDC and Donghia coverings
Solid surfacing: Walker Zanger (natural stone)
Resilient flooring: Ecocem and Ecomax note: stone tiles installed by Declan O’Reilly
Carpet: Flor (tiles), ABC, and Tufenkian
Custom Steel Stairs: Michael Daniel Metzl of New Amsterdam Metalworks
Custom Cast Concrete double-sink: Concreteworks
Special interior finishes unique to this project: custom steel detailing by Gabrielle Shelton of Shelton Studios, Brooklyn.
Kitchen Fittings and Fixtures: Dornbracht
Kitchen Cabinets: Format
Dimming System or other lighting controls: Crestron, design by Alexander Radunksy of Lightfield, Inc.
Add any additional building components or special equipment that made a significant contribution to this project: Stainless steel lap pool by Bradford Products