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The building grid and volume are fractalized by the urban contraints within the geometry of the urban pixel and manifested by regular window openings and building volumes. The frames of these openings are highlighted by custom glazed brick surrounds and reflect the sunlight and light from Hudson into apartments.
|Program||High-rise condominiums, offices, shops and automatic carpark|
|Floor area||21 800 m2 / 233 000 sqft|
|Owner||Cape Advisors, Strategic Capital, Forum Absolute Capital Partners|
|Location||Manhattan, New York USA|
|Design Team||Executive Architect Adamson|
|Interior Designer||Sebastien Segers|
|Cost of works (excl. VAT)||€ 114 000 000 / $ 127 300 000|
Long 16-inch (40cm) bricks, made from light grey sandy clay and inspired by the colours of the Hudson River, were specially designed to fit in with the spirit of the place. Our approach is based on a preference for simple material that has undergone noble treatment, the absence of ornamentation and a quest for the essential. It’s a clean vision of shape and of materials which makes a building that is in reality resolutely contemporary. We have adhered to the neighbourhood tradition to a certain degree. Yes, this is an industrial part of the city but it is also a place for artists. It blends tradition and innovation. We’ve constructed a building that is relatively classical, but we didn’t want an industrial brick building so typical of the 19th century. This is what also gives this tower its singular design, as if it were bigger than it really is.
The apartments are designed so that their large openings capture the view, the light, the wind and the reflection of the Hudson, which make this location so special. In order to ensure that all of the apartments enjoy natural light and sun, including those facing directly onto other buildings, the architectural challenge was to multiply the construction angles to provide them with two views, at least one of which onto the Hudson. It also seemed essential for the apartments on the higher floors with their magnificent views to take advantage of both sides of the building. So the facades were constructed using a typically New York method on a basic repetitive “grid” but the proportion of glass facades is remarkable, accounting for 60% of the surface of the tower.