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Award-winning parametrically-designed smart skin turns an industrial warehouse into a mixed-use building with contemporary lofts, galleries, a guest apartment, and a spa/fitness center.

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CHALLENGE
Transforming from a former industrial warehouse into an 80,000sf mixed-use beacon for the community, this building combines lofts, art spaces, and a fitness & wellness center—all while re-interpreting New York City’s strict set-back laws.

INNOVATION
SMART LIVING. We renovated the warehouse and added an 11-story smart loft building enclosed in an innovative smart skin: a parametrically designed facade that optimizes energy efficiency while re-interpreting the neighborhood’s setback laws into a set of glass folds and infections wrapping the former brick warehouse.
The 3D digitally custom-designed and pre-manufactured facade uses annealed double-glazed panels—a material typically reserved for industrial and automotive design—that are folded to a 1/16th” tolerance to achieve a distinctive form, and the custom designed and extruded mullions are sloped to follow the glass folds seamlessly. This was a true innovation: the building was completed in 2004, long before parametric design and coordination were adopted as valuable design tools.

IMPACT
GREEN. The integration of the renovated warehouse [embodied carbon] with its new folded steel and glass facade creates a low energy-use and spectacular way of urban living. The folded glass facade provides passive solar energy in the winter and its smart solar glass reduces overheating in the summer. Exterior spaces such as the prefabricated concrete balconies on the west and east facades provide ample green space. The common courtyard on the ground floor is designed to be a gorgeous bamboo garden. The building introduces a lively mix of uses to the neighborhood, through the gallery spaces on the ground floor and its 25 lofts with generous amenities above.

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Credits

Year: Completed 2004
Location: West Soho, NYC
Client: Take One, LLC
Project Type: 11 Story Glass & Steel Addition to Existing Warehouse: 25 Residential Lofts, Gym, Pool, Guest Apartment, and Gallery and Retail Spaces
Size: 80,000 ft2 (7,400 m2)
Design Team: Principal in charge: Winka Dubbeldam, Assoc. AIA | Project Leader: Ana Sotrel | Archi-Tectonics Team: Michael Hundsnurscher, Tanja Bitzer, Deborah Kully, Nicola Bauman, Ty Tikari, Amy Farina, Bittor Sanchez
Consultants: Structural Engineers: Buro Happold NY | Mechanical Engineer: Gabor Szakal Engineers, Stanislav Slutsky Engineering | Civil Engineer: GZA GeoEnvironmental INC | Expeditor: Michael Zenreich | Curtain Wall Consultant: Israel Burger, Bill Logan | Acoustic Consultant: Shen Milsom & Wilke Inc. | Elevator Consultant: Barker Mohandes | Curtain Wall: UAD (curtainwall) | Cricursa Barcelona (Bent Glazing) | General Contractors: York Hunter Construction Services, New Industries NYC
Photography: Floto & Warner Photography | Archi-Tectonics
Architect of Record: David Hotson, Architect
Related Project: Loft 8B
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