The Essex at Essex Crossing

Client Delancey Street Associates (L+M Development Partners, Taconic Investment Partners, BFC Partners, The Prusik Group)
Location New York City, NY
Status Completed in 2019

The folded metal panels of The Essex relate to the neighborhood's tenement buildings with their multi-layered facades and variety of window sizes.

The Essex sits at the intersection of Delancey and Essex Street, a crossroads between the smaller scale buildings of the historic Lower East Side neighborhood and the taller residential towers along the East River. The building includes a 20-story residential tower rising above a 5-story commercial podium that occupies a full New York City block. The tower includes 195 residential apartments with 50% of the units designated as permanently affordable. The base of the building, at 80 feet in height, transitions the scale of the tower and connects it to the 60- to 80-foot residential buildings of the Lower East Side.

The Essex is part of Essex Crossing, a new 1.65-million-square-foot development that includes market and affordable housing, senior affordable housing, a 15,000 sq. ft. urban park, a new and expanded Essex Street Market, community facilities, a rooftop urban farm, 280,000 sq. ft. of office space and a diverse mix of retail components.

The Essex's design draws inspiration from the surrounding neighborhood, specifically the tenement buildings with their multi-layered facades and window openings that vary in size and depth. The fa├žade of The Essex reinterprets these formal aspects through modern materials and fabrication techniques. The asymmetrical, folded metal panel system reflects the sunlight in different ways and creates a varied pattern that was designed to capture light from multiple angles throughout the day and allow the folded bronze panels to glow.

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Interiors, by Handel Architects, create a light & airy experience.

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The Artisan at Essex Crossing is defined large expanses of glass in robust frames.


2022 Winner (Essex Crossing) - ULI Global Awards for Excellence Winner (Essex Crossing) - ULI Americas Awards for Excellence Finalist (Essex Crossing) - ULINY Awards for Excellence in Development 2021 Housing Design Award - BSA/AIANY 2020 Honor Award - Society of American Registered Architects New York Award of Merit, 2020 Design Awards - SARA National Honorable Mention, AN Best of Design Awards - The Architect's Newspaper Award of Merit, Residential Multi-Family - AIA New York State Best Development & Design: Mixed-Use, 2020 Excellence Awards - Multi-Housing News 2019 Charter Award - Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) Excellence in Mixed-Use Development - ULI New York


Design Architect Architect of Record Interior Designer (residential)

Project Team

Gary Handel, Frank Fusaro, Jason Ivaliotis, Ashley Murphy, PJ Ross, Seth Davis, Su-Hyun Kwon, Thomas Lozada, Saba Meidany, Sina Mesdaghi, Irene Urmeneta

Design Partner(s)

Landscape Designer - Future Green Studio Interior Designer (Essex Street Market) - SHoP Architects


Field Condition Qualls Benson Colin Miller Photography Lester Ali

Building Certifications

LEED ND Enterprise Green Communities