how to transform a building with one gesture
Location: 173 W Broadway, Tribeca, NYC Completion: 2017 Size: 6,000 SF Type: Two-family mixed use building, Adaptive reuse, Interiors
This diminutive loft building, with only a 25 foot by 50 foot floor plate, is the smallest we have worked with of the many projects we completed in SoHo and Tribeca.
The program called for retail on the first floor and two duplex rental residences with three full bedrooms on the upper floors. The structure has been gut renovated and completely redesigned by TRA studio.
The layout of the apartments, tightly woven within confined volume, respects and enhances the spatial qualities that make lofts so desirable. Tall ceilings, open floor plans and large expanses of glass, along with careful zoning and the separation of living versus sleeping spaces, typical of the New York Village Townhomes.
The interior finishes also marry the minimal aesthetic of the old manufacturing building with the interior warmth expected in a townhouse: exposed brick, walnut flooring, mahogany windows, aluminum, marble and lacquered millwork are brought together with clean, rigorous details, typical of TRA’s work.
The striking corner atelier oriel, which recognizes that a view is the ultimate New York luxury, takes full advantage of the fact that the structure is curiously not landmarked, gives character and presence to the corner building and adds balance to the somewhat odd “too tall “ proportions, as seen in the original conditions photograph.
The window looks directly to the rising World Trade Center, while on the roof-deck the new mechanical bulkhead doubles as an outlook to the Empire State Building.
The location informs the design which in turn talks about the location, the design does not strive to be iconic, instead, it dialogues with and uncovers the iconography of the site.
The finished building, as it should always be, appropriate exclusively for that exact location, making it truly contextual.
TRA was instrumental in identifying the property and organizing the development and construction team. TRA also designed the interiors, expedited the permits, (which were obtained in record time) and assisted with the project delivery process and preparation of shop-drawings.