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.


Owner: Anon

Location: TriBeCa, NYC

Completion Date: January 2009

Gross square footage: 11,500 sq.ft.

Total construction cost: $7,000,000

Turett Collaborative Architects
277 Broadway Suite 1300, NYC 

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Architect of record:  Wayne Turett, RA

Associate architect(s):  Simeon Seigel, LEED AP

Interior designer:  Jessica Shaw

Structural: George Cambourakis of S.E.T Engineers

MEP:  P.A. Collins

Landscape: Dirtworks, PC

Lighting: Lightfield, Inc. – Alexander Radunsky

General contractor: ALCON Builders, INC.

Paul Warchol

SPINE 3D, and some completed in house at Turett Collaborative Architects

CAD system, project management, or other software used: Vectorworks



Structural system
Steel Frame, completed by MNS Construction

Exterior cladding
Masonry: concrete and masonry by Arte Tile

Rainscreen: ‘Eternit’ (fiber-cement panels) by SwissPearl

Other cladding unique to this project:  exterior glazing by Euro Glass

Roofing: Soprema

Metal frame: Optimum Windows for the tilt & turns,  Arcadia for the over-sized sliders

Skylights: Circle Redmont

Entrances: Wolski Woodworks, Inc.  (custom)

Upswinging doors, other:  Unico garage doors

Hardware:  OMNIA

Interior finishes
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Wolski Woodworks (custom)

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.

Cast glass bar top: CBD Glass Studios

Kitchen Fittings and Fixtures: Dornbracht

Kitchen Cabinets: Format

Refrigerator: Subzero

Interior ambient lighting: Bocci (glass globes in main stairwell)

Dimming System or other lighting controls: Crestron, design by Alexander Radunksy of Lightfield, Inc.

Elevators/Escalators: Kone

HVAC:  Unico

Add any additional building components or special equipment that made a significant contribution to this project: Stainless steel lap pool by Bradford Products