The design proposal seeks to replace a low rise building on West 25th Street in Manhattan with a residential complex. The scheme is sited in a prominent location and bridges the gap between two existing structures.
The building is created by extruding the foot print and rotating the top section with an increased foot print. The project takes advantage of the air right of the adjacent building, and demonstrates that even with a small footprint there is alternative topology to increase density whilst enhancing the existing fabric of the city.
The two distinct volumes combined into a single object create a new dialogue between the building and its environment. The manipulation of the geometry enhances the sense of cohesion with the immediate surroundings: the lower section binding together the frontage of the adjacent buildings and the top section reinforcing the line of the street itself. Simultaneously, the intersection of the two sections echoes the broader form of Manhattan’s urban grid.
The alignment of the top volume, running parallel to the street frontage, creates better exposure to sunlight and views towards downtown and central park. It has a larger foot print than the lower volume increasing the site density.
ProgramResidential ComplexMaterialGlass, White ConcreteLocation117th West 25th Street, New YorkDate2016ClientLuxury Branded Real EstateArchitectHof Architects, LondonTypePrivateSizeHeight: 130 Meters on 38 Floors