The gestures incorporated in this building play with the local area, famous for its 19th century low-rise brick townhouses with tree lined avenues which hosts local pedestrian traffic and semi-private parks on every corner. The design is intended to bring the essence of Greenwich Village up into and through the building in an effort to gain a sense of place. While taking the idea of small semi-private park, and extending it through the core of the building, the apartment corridors become ‘pedestrian streets’. Each apartment is a duplex which incorporates views down into the building corridors, east towards the local streets and west to the Hudson River. This provides each apartment with a direct connectivity to the neighborhood and its location within NYC. The brick facade is used as ‘light’ shading device rather than the heavy cumbersome quality it typically bares as a baring wall. This lends itself to connecting back to the context of the community while maintaining a sense of lightness and control.
Status: School Project
Location: Greenwich Village, NYC