ZH Architects were awarded a 2006 Sara Award of Merit for this project.
This eleven-story, high-end residential building is located on a corner site in lower Manhattan. The corner condition allowed for the design of a building released from the typical infill conditions of New York City lots.
The initial move to detach the southern façade from the adjacent site and create a freestanding building results in a dramatic vertical void used as a private courtyard and entrance for the residential apartments. The freedom to articulate all four facades inspired us to wrap the corners of the building with a custom window system of glass, metal panels and stainless steel. The irregular rhythm on the façade results in the unpredictable framing of the city and Hudson River with views unique to each apartment.
The building design also integrates healthy living elements such as a window system with very low levels of air infiltration, almost reaching passive house standards, a green roof at the 6th floor setback to reduce rainwater runoff as well as providing additional green space, bicycle storage in the shared courtyard and the use of the highest efficiency gas boilers for both heating and water.