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2 North Moore in West Broadway, New York by Turett Collaborative Architects
November 24th, 2013 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Turett Collaborative Architects
The two-story brick building on the corner of West Broadway and N. Moore Street lies at the edge of the TriBeCa West Historic District. The 1870s-era structure itself was singled out for preservation on account of its distinctive corbelled brick work, prominent location, unusual acute plan, low massing, and multitude of French- and double-hung windows.
When a financial executive purchased the building and combined it with the adjacent plot into one tax lot, he presented Wayne Turett and TCA with an unusual challenge. In an area increasingly populated by new and renovated condo towers, what could be done with this prominent and light-filled site that would respect its Landmarked status and complement the pedestrian-friendly streets while creating long-lasting value for its owners and the community? And could it be done without sacrificing the contemporary élan that attracted the owners to TCA’s work in the first place?
The answer was a new six story structure attached to the renovated historic brick structure, fully integrated internally, each responsive to the scale and character of the block in its own way. The new tower uses muscular steel framing and composite fiber-cement panels to extend the high-relief and high-detail texture and industrial sensibility of surrounding cast iron and terra-cotta structures. The two-story jewel is painstakingly preserved on the outside, much of it rebuilt from scratch, brick-for-brick and detail-for-detail.
At the second floor, the old and new buildings flow seamlessly into each other internally, forming an open-air courtyard, a huge open-plan living, dining and kitchen area and a media room. The roof of the two-story structure incorporates extensive irrigated roof gardens with structural skylights, flooding the living spaces below with light.
Environmental control systems (sound, light, thermal comfort, shade, security, etc.) are fully integrated and discreet; the building envelope (a rainscreen approach) incorporates exceptional acoustic and thermal isolation; mechanical systems are designed for energy efficiency and ease of maintenance; daylighting and natural ventilation are prioritized throughout. Dozens of experts and artisans, engineers and agencies worked together under TCA’s sustained guidance to construct this elegant home.
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