Sugar Hill Housing

Location
410 West 155th Street, New York, New York
Role
Executive Architect
Type
Affordable Housing
Status
Completed 2014
Scale
171,000 sq. ft., 13 Stories, 124 Units

In collaboration with Adjaye Associates, this LEED Silver new-construction 13-story building features 171,000 square feet and 124 affordable housing rental apartments in a mix that ranges from studios to three-bedroom units. A graphite, pre-cast façade with rose prints wraps the building in a saw-tooth pattern evocative of the neighborhood’s traditional row houses. The alternating pattern of the thermally broken windows provides ample light and air.

A 150-children day-care center occupies the ground level. Surrounding it is a clear acoustical glass storefront on all four faces of the building; residents also have access to an interior recreational courtyard. Eight classrooms, administrative offices, and a commercial kitchen complete this level.

Sugar Hill also houses a 16,000-square-foot children’s museum for art and storytelling that resides mostly underground. High ceilings allow natural light to flood the space from a 60-foot skylight. Polished concrete floors, extensive wood paneling, and acoustical baffles welcome visitors to the three main galleries and the workshop classrooms. Not-for-profit office fronts on West 155th Street and a parking garage complete the program for this development.

In addition, all tenants have access to a ninth-floor community room and a roof terrace vegetable garden.

Awards:
2016 AIA Design Awards, Merit Award

 

 

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