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In Honors

NEW YORK, Honor Award American Society Landscape Architects

On 12, mar 2015 | In Honors

New York City, March 2015: TriBeCa PENTHOUSE – New York City, Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects New York 

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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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