2016 AIA Design Awards, Merit Award
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 studio to three bedroom units. A graphite, pre-cast façade with rose prints wraps the building in a saw tooth pattern which evokes the traditional neighborhood row houses. The thermally-broken windows are arranged in an alternating pattern which provides ample light and air.
Ancillary uses include a 150 children day care center which occupies the ground level and is surrounded by a clear acoustical glass storefront on all four faces of the building, with access to an interior recreational courtyard. Eight classrooms, administrative offices and a commercial kitchen complete this level.
A 16,000 square foot children’s museum for art and storytelling is accessed through the west plaza on St. Nicholas Avenue and 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. A not-for-profit office fronts on West 155th Street and a parking garage complete the program for this development.
All tenants have access to a ninth-floor community room and a roof terrace vegetable garden, as well as the main entry landscaped plaza.