Scope: Luxury 7 units with underground parking, rooftop infinity pool, includes two 3-story townhouses and one 2-story penthouse. The conceptual choice was not to copy a Landmark building, but to focus on the quality of the Tribeca Landmarks. Extreme ceiling heights, tri-partite façade subdivisions and solid natural materials were some of the issues looked at. Since the area’s neighboring buildings vary greatly, the decision was taken to extrapolate the differentiation further; with a pixelated façade pattern negotiating the two neighbors’ façade rhythms. The texture of the street facade is developed in a pixelation of translucent stone, glass, and translucent glass. The shift in material will allow the façade to constantly change over the course of a day; the translucent stone will glow by day in the interior, while by night it is reversed, thus transforming the façade over time. The back facade in contrast; is highly articulated and expresses interior pressures and creates natural shade. We consider the building a set of stacked urban villas rather than lofts because of their extremely generous size [between 3500 and 5000 sf], large outdoor spaces [terraces & gardens] and sometimes, multiple floors.
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