Completion Date: Mercedes–Benz Showroom and Phase I, May 2011
Owner: Two Trees Management Co. LLC
- LEED Consultant: Viridian Energy & Environmental, LLC
- Curtain Wall Consultant: Israel Berger and Associates
Program: A 31-story, 1.3-million-square-foot mixed-use development spanning more than half a city block between 11th and 10th avenues in Midtown Manhattan. Of an eventual 865 rental and condo units, 220 are completed (20 percent of the total count is reserved for inclusionary housing). One residential lobby, decorated by Leeser Architecture, is also finished. A 55,000-square-foot Mercedes-Benz showroom outfitted by Spector Group anchors the ground floor, with 275,000 square feet of Mercedes service floors below grade. The remainder of the residences, another residential lobby, a 28,000-square-foot health club, and two courtyards will be completed in the summer of 2012.
Design concept and solution: With this large, elongated building, the architects wanted to reconcile the different scales of nearby structures—from the low side-street buildings near 11th Avenue to a tall telephone-switching tower midblock—while creating a continuous span of green space and views to the Hudson. Like a giant Z-shaped staircase, the building consists of a compact mass on its western side and a 31-story tower to the east; the two ends are connected by a narrow, curving cascade of apartments covered with green roofs. Each level is higher than the last, so that one apartment's green roof is the upstairs neighbor's patio and every story overlooks the Hudson. At the base, two elevated courtyards are carved into each side of the "stairs," resulting in a cutout effect that reduces the building's mass along the smaller side streets. The facades that meet the street edge are aluminum-composite-panel rain screens. For the more private facades that overlook the courtyards, the architects used a hybrid curtain wall with occasional sun louvers.
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New York, NY
155 5th Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10010