160 WEST 23rd St. - NEW YORK, NY
The site of this eleven story high residential development project with retail space on the ground floor will be located on East 23rd St, NY. The glass fašade incorporates mirrors at varying angles that bring extra light deep into the spaces inside as well as providing an opportunity to view the street outside, from within, connecting the two worlds. This threshold of translucency incorporates glass, mirror and acrylic panels that change color depending on the angle of the sun. The intensity and color of the light inside the apartments vary through out the day creating a unique experience of living in this urban setting.
2068 5th AVENUE - NEW YORK, NY
The project is located at 2068, 5th Avenue, in the historic district of Harlem, and was converted from an existing Class B apartment building, to a high end residential building. It is a Brownstown that was gut renovated into three duplex apartments, including a penthouse unit.
Each duplex has two spacious bedrooms with their own bathrooms and ample closets. An extra studio/office off of the main living room is enclosed by a new floor to ceiling glass wall which floods in a soothing blue light into the space.
While maintaining the overall charm of the old construction by exposing the existing brick walls, we have created a sleek modern and pristine environment that is flooded with natural light and enhanced by solid maple wood floors and glossy white kitchen cabinets.
Each unit has at least one functioning fireplace, an interior spiral stair, gray lava stone countertops, GE stainless steel appliances, Kohler bathroom fixtures, translucent Panelite partitions, frameless solid wood doors, Marvin windows and a series of full height double doors to spacious terraces overlooking a lush green backyard. Each unit is equipped with a washer/dryer and a Unico air handler.
There are approximately 6 floors of1200 sf per floor, totaling to 7200sf. With a construction cost of approximately $1.2m, the units each cost about $190/sf and have been estimated to sell for $1000/sf.
Photos by Peter Miller
MANCHESTER HOUSING PROPOSAL - SALFORD, ENGLAND
This proposal for housing along the River Irwell affords residents the convenience of city life in a lush green environment along the waterfront.
LIVING ALONG THE CANALS: The canal and river system provides a wonderful opportunity to be revitalized and used for commerce, transportation and recreation; connecting England to itself. Apartments along the new canal come with a barge summer home that plugs into the apartment, extending the living space into a floating sunroom with extra bedroom, kitchen and bath, making this a "two for one" package deal. There are 2 mixed-use residential and commercial buildings on the large site. The big building constitutes the first phase and consists of 90 apartments, 20commercial spaces and two levels of parking (120 spaces). The smaller building to the north is the second phase. It consists of one level of parking (28 spaces) and approximately 30 residential units. The site along the river to the North has another four story building to be used by maritime related tenants.
WATER: POOL, ICE RINK, FLOATING THEATER, MARKET AND BARGEBUS: Water is synonymous with life. This proposal attempts to bring life to the site and Salford in general. Swimming, ice skating, and floating performances are just some of the activities that could take place in the Water Plaza. Boating is the most energy efficient means of transportation and this project capitalizes on its location along the Irwell. The Building on the East side of the river houses a dry dock and boat shop for repair and maintenance of barges and boats. Both the BargeBus and dry dock would provide employment opportunities for local residents. Above the dry dock are rehearsal spaces for the Floating Theater that performs in the Water Plaza on the site when not touring the waterways of England. The canals are an underutilized link between city and countryside that provide the opportunity for a floating farmers market that could visit the site weekly. In addition, we propose to initiate a BargeBus transportation system throughout Manchester, with the management offices located at the Springfield Lane site. Barges are incredibly fuel-efficient, providing a pleasant way to travel that avoids road traffic and reduces pollution.
LANDSCAPE AND ECO-ROOFS: Inspired by the lush green landscape around Manchester, the stepped landscape is a playful interpretation of the traditional English Garden. The ascending grassy knolls provide urban residents with both public gardens and private lawns at their doorstep, even for people living in a 4th floor duplex. Access to green space and water add considerable value to a property. Eco-roofs are gaining popularity due to their sustainability, energy efficiency and agreeable appearance. The thermal mass of soil and grass combined help to reduce heat loss during winter and heat gain during summer, reducing overall fuel consumption and costs. Eco-roofs also block ultra-violet light preventing deterioration of the roof membrane. Grass roofs provide water storage during periods of high rainfall, reducing runoff to the local drainage system, and the rain water that percolates through the roof can be filtered and used. In urban areas, Eco-roofs provide a habitat for wildlife and filter the air through the photosynthesis process.
OUTDOOR CINEMA: The outdoor cinema space at the Southwest corner of the site uses the building as a projection surface for films and advertising that are easily visible to commuters along Trinity Way.
BENETTON HEADQUARTERS, "WOVEN BUILDING" - TEHRAN, IRAN
THE WOVEN BUILDING
The Woven Building knits Benetton's united trademark into the rich fabric of Persian culture and the modern metropolis of Tehran.
Commercial and Multimedia Applications
Incorporating modern commercial architecture with indigenous embellishments, The Woven Building creates a striking monument to Persian culture and Benetton's philosophy that, "communication should not be commissioned from an outside company, but conceived from within its heart." The juxtaposition of modernity and cultural identity in this project creates a space rich in history that embraces the future.
MEYER RESIDENCE - NEW YORK, NY