A pixelated stone & glass facade mediates between scales in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood; a mix of warehouses, historic buildings, and contemporary condos.
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LANDMARK. The Tribeca landmark district has evolved continuously over the years. First a center of textile manufacturing, it has become an area of artists warehouses, and is now a neighborhood of contemporary residences. The challenge of this project was to introduce a new condominium building that offered state-of-the-art living environments while mediating between the area’s disparate scales and building types.
V33 unifies the historically varying building-fronts within a ‘pixelated’ facade; a pattern in translucent stone & glass—making this the first time the untreated translucent stone was used as an exterior building skin. The facade encloses 7 stacked urban villas: shifting double and triple-height volumes that cantilever over a rear garden to offer expansive living environments in the heart of the city. Underground parking is accessible via the car elevator.
The pixelated facade mediates the neighboring cornice heights, materialities, and fenestration patterns found in the surrounding block, resulting in a distinctive new building typology that meets Landmark's stringent regulations. The varying opacities of the stone fill the interiors with a diffuse light during the day, and overnight, the facade takes on a warm ambient glow from within, enhancing the experience of the street-scape.
Within the building’s 7 ‘villas’; triplexes, duplexes, and full-floor lofts with double-height ceilings scooping across open plans, fluid connections to vast outdoor cantilevering terraces differentiate programs rather than enclose rooms, and provide natural shading and double-height glass planes. The duplex Penthouse features multiple roof decks with a pool and a spectacular exterior stair between levels.