Located in Tribeca in Lower Manhattan, this typical mid-block site created several challenges for the design of a residential tower – namely, a small footprint, a narrow street, and the height of the surrounding buildings. After extensive zoning research, it was quickly apparent that although the site had inherent constraints, there were distinct potentials unique to the site. To the north is the Tribeca Historic District extending from one block north of the site all the way to Canal Street. Once above the rear neighbor, the site has unencumbered views to the north and extensive views of the World Trade Center to the south.
The main objective of the design was to sculpt an iconic profile for the backdrop of lower Manhattan and the World Trade Center to the south and the homogeneous skyline of midtown to the north, while placing the bulk of the building above the rear neighbor. Using a simple concept of bundling and growth – not unlike that of the growth of trees or grains – we were able to achieve both a strong identity for the project, but also achieve the larger floor plates and apartments above the view break. Taking advantage of New York's Public Plaza Initiative, the proposal provides a public plaza which will enlighten the street and surrounding area while allowing that built area to be placed above the view break.