505 Greenwich Street

505 Greenwich Street
New York, NY

Metropolitan Housing Partners
Apollo Real Estate
Finalist, Pillars of the Industry | National Association of Home Builders
Design Award | Society of American Registered Architects New York Council
Citation | AIA New York State
Housing Design Award | Boston Society of Architects / AIA New York
James D'Addio

Located in West SoHo, this 14-story building is comprised of 104 loft-like units ranging in size from 722 to 2,400 square feet. The ground floor includes a residential lobby, a landscaped courtyard, and retail space.

The project is located on a through-block site in a neighborhood that has long been home to industrial uses, particularly large printing shops. The building is conceived as almost two separate residential towers: though technically part of the same structure, and connected by the lobby and sharing a central courtyard, each has its own elevator bank and mechanical systems.

Designed to emulate its surroundings of substantially proportioned former printing plants, the project presents a refined yet tough material palette. At street level, an oxidized copper plate, punctuated with copper light boxes and bead-blasted stainless-steel doors covers the first two floors. Above, a taut glass curtain wall and subtly hued pre-cast concrete masonry reinterpret the neighboring printing buildings. The project's walls of glass set it apart from the drab brick-and-punched-window multifamily formula, while capitalizing on dramatic city and river views. In addition, the cost of the glass curtain wall is offset by the use of economical pre-cast concrete.