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Winner of a competition to build a mixed-use 360ft tower block in New York, Françoise Raynaud will be the first French architect to construct a building in Manhattan, in the Hudson Square neighborhood, a sector distinguished by the presence of former warehouses which have been converted into upmarket housing units.
|Program||Tower block housing apartments, offices, stores and automatic parking|
|Site||Hudson Square, Manhattan, New-York, USA|
|Floor Area||21 800sqm / 233 000sqft|
|Timetable||2015 (not completed)|
|Project owners||Cape Advisors, Forum Absolute Capital Partners|
The dual principle of a quality view and outdoor extension, a value-added element that is highly prized by New Yorkers, governs the special spatial organization and the morphology of the tower block. Each unit has its own pocket garden of around 15sqm/50sqft and was individually designed in accordance with the direction in which it faces since the different views, floor by floor, were the deciding factor in which way the living rooms would face. The pocket gardens are real gardens that will be pre-planted in accordance with their height, leveraging the knowledge of Patrick Blanc. Full height glass sheets caress the facades, making the high-level gardens comfortable and protecting them from the wind. Colonizing plants will grow between these breathing screens. This vertical mille-feuille structure creates the special shape of this project.