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.
2016 AIA Design Awards, Merit Award