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2014

In Honors

CHICAGO, MUSEUM OF ARCH / AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE AWARD 2014

On 26, ott 2014 | In Honors

Chicago, October 2014: TriBeCa PENTHOUSE – New York City, Winner of the AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE AWARD 2014

The manicured lawn, the hot tub, the indoor-outdoor kitchen are all elements of this project that represents an urban oasis with more square footage outdoors (7,000) than in (5,000).

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Contributing a moment of Zen to the penthouse, the courtyard also contains the main access to the roof terrace: a spiral staircase concealed inside a 16-foot-tall cocoon of laser-cut mirror-polished stainless steel fabricated in Italy. The perforated metal casts dappled light and shadows inside to mimic what it’s like standing beneath a canopy of tree branches—an effect underscored by the living area’s rug, its spot pattern developed with the same algorithm used for the cocoon.

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Up on the roof, the designers transformed barren tar and unsightly mechanical equipment into a glorious haven with not only the lush grass specifically requested by the owner but also a wildflower meadow.

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At one end of the deck, it ramps up to surround a hot tub. The chaise longues nearby are ideal for admiring the Woolworth Building and 1 World Trade Center.

7Views are treated with similar reverence inside. The master bathroom looks out to a small rock garden bordered by a privacy-providing thicket of bamboo.

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Giving a nod to the neighborhood’s industrial heritage, patinated zinc panels, arranged in a staggered pattern derived from old loft buildings’ doors and elevator shafts, wrap a pair of large independent volumes in the public zone.

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These volumes are simultaneously evocative, decorative, and functional, housing the pantry, powder rooms, laundry, bicycle storage, and mechanicals.
Principal Designers: Steve E. Blatz , Antonio Pio Saracino
Architects: Steve E. Blatz Architects PLLC.
Project Team: Michael Smith, Nina Etnier, Filippo Ferraris, Joel Agustin,
Maciej Ratkowski, and Brian Lau
Client: Private
General Contractors: DSA Contractors
Structural Engineers: Experion Design Group
MEP Engineers: Guth Deconzo Consulting Engineers
Landscape Architects: HMWhite