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Located west of Soho in Manhattan, we added an extension to a 1900’s townhouse, and wrapped the entirety of the structure in a unifying, rectangular trellis envelope of multiple patterns and densities. Made from a lightweight steel frame and folding panels clad with Trespa™ slats, this “smart climate control envelope” serves as an adaptable perimeter of the building. Its surface is much larger than the building structure itself; it creates and wraps private exterior spaces all around the building facade and on the roof. Vines grow through the trellis, further shading and creating variable levels of privacy, and a micro-climate for this 1 family, 8 story townhouse. Extensive prototyping assisted us in optimizing the patterning and movement of the trellis panels. The facade transforms as the panels open: when closed it forms one smooth surface, when open “finger-like” fins fold out like feathers of a birdwing.

In the rear of the building, a dramatic south-facing continuous window slot lights the glass elevator and 8-story black steel staircase, which connects all floors in one continuous movement. This highlights the sensation of extreme verticality and transforms mundane everyday tasks into a dynamic spatial experience. Several double height spaces give a different kind of connectivity to the space; allowing for views through, and light slots.

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Year: Completed 2018
Location: 512 Greenwich Street, New York, NY
Client: Private
Project Type: Private residence, 8 floors
Size: 4350 sq ft
Design Team: Principal in charge: Winka Dubbeldam, Assoc. AIA | Project Leader: Justin Korhammer | Archi-Tectonics Team: Hanxing Zu, Sarah Laulan, Filomena Nigro, Avra Tomara, Royd Zhang, Zhe Wen, Kristina Kroell, Elena Sarigelinoglu, Hsiang Wei Chen, Adin Rimland, Boden Davies, Nariman Kiazand, Robin Zhang, Thiebaud Nell
Consultants: Structural Engineers: WSP GROUP | Mechanical Engineers: 2LS Consulting Engineering | General Contractor: Galcon Construction
Photography: Archi-Tectonics
Architect of Record: Randall Collins, Architect
Videography: Surface Magazine
Related Project: Prototype: 512 GW Trellis
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