by Linda G. Miller
Affordable with A+ Amenities: Dattner integrates wellness into Bronx affordable housing
Located next to the St. Barnabas Hospital campus in the Belmont section of The Bronx, the Dattner Architects-designed Cooper Gardens development converts two underutilized sites into a mixed-use project with affordable housing and on-site preventive care and wellness amenities. The north site, “Site A”, consists of two residential towers that sit on top of a mixed-use base. Together, the 11-story and seven-story towers offer 181 affordable apartments with 189,000 square feet of residential space and 37,000 square feet of parking. The mixed-use base contains 10,000 square feet of commercial space for a local pharmacy and café, plus a 59,000-square-foot community facility, which will house an ambulatory care area and a mind-body center equipped with indoor and outdoor fitness areas and a teaching kitchen. Both buildings boast advanced air filtration and will incorporate active design concepts to encourage the use of stairways. In addition, each apartment has a recirculating fan to provide filtered air within the apartment to address air quality and asthma rates. On the south site, “Site B,” a 12-story tower offers 133,000 square feet of residential space with 133 affordable apartments above a 12,000-square-foot daycare space. Amenities include a rooftop farm designed by Global Design Strategies, a healthy food café, a yoga pavilion, and a multi-purpose area for meditation and tai chi. Developed by L+M Development Partners and Horning Capital Partners in partnership with St. Barnabas Hospital, the project is reflective of their intention to integrate healthy living and wellness into the project’s design. Site B opens later this year, with Site A following in 2019.
Finding Space Under the El: Design Trust launches Under the Elevated pilot
Under the Elevated/El-Space, the second of a two-phase project by the Design Trust for Public Space in partnership with the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), is now open below the Gowanus Expressway at 36th and 3rd Avenue adjacent to Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The installation demonstrates how disused spaces can be activated and transformed into safe, functional, and hospitable areas. The project, began in 2013, is the first major research, design, and planning initiative to document and analyze the vast network of space beneath New York City’s elevated transportation infrastructure and to make recommendations for their improvement as neighborhood assets. Phase 1 surveyed the inventory of land under the city’s bridges, elevated highways, and rail lines and Phase 2 aims to develop and test viable, sustainable, and easy-to-replicate models for planning, designing, furnishing, and managing these spaces using an ensemble of design elements. The expressway’s structural columns are painted in buttercup yellow to enhance daylight, reflect nighttime illumination, and better signify the pedestrian gateway crossing. Three low-light planters absorb and filter storm water from the highway above and contribute to improved air quality. Signature cone-shaped downspouts, designed to maximize the dispersal of water over the planters are connected to the highway above, and channel the water down to the planters. These also incorporate horticultural lights that test the performance of the plants selected from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s palette and supplement plants that require more sun. New lighting is aimed at testing lighting the fascia and structural surfaces as well as highlighting the volume of space under the elevated structure. This installation will be on site until May 2019 and additional projects, one under the elevated tracks of the A train in Rockaway and the other at Dutch Kills Street in Long Island City, are on the way in Queens. DOT, in collaboration with Design Trust, will also release an El-Space toolkit as a resource for public agencies, elected officials, community groups, private stakeholders, and practitioners.
Greener Pastures: Brooklyn Botanic Garden to break ground on WEISS/MANFREDI overlook
Ground will be broken in early June on the WEISS/MANFREDI designed 1.25-acre Robert Wilson Overlook on the grounds of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG). The Overlook is one of the garden’s few remaining undeveloped sites. The existing area offers views but provides inadequate access between its upper pathway and the Cherry Esplanade. The new design introduces a switchback pathway with sculptural retaining walls that improve circulation by connecting the top and the bottom of the overlook’s hillside. The new landscape will be defined by flowering crape-myrtle trees and an immersive four-season planting scheme of ornamental grasses and perennials. The Overlook is part of a decade-long series of site-improvement projects, including WEISS/MANFREDI’s Diane H. and Joseph S. Steinberg Visitor Center that replaced aging infrastructure with modern technologies and greener practices. SiteWorks serves as landscape architect, with Wolf Landscape Architecture as planting design consultant.
In Treatment: Brandon Haw designs Flatiron dermatology center
Located in an historic Flatiron District building that once housed the flagship Lord & Taylor, Brandon Haw Architecture created the new flagship office/medical spa for New York Dermatology Group Integral Health and Wellness. As befitting a facility that caters to VIP patients, the facility has its own discrete entrance. The 7,000-square-foot space contains eight treatment rooms, a blood infusion facility, a nutrition center, and two cryotherapy treatment facilities, each with their associated support areas, as well as a reception and retail product area. The focal point of the space is an approximately 92-foot-long by 20-foot-wide free-standing curvilinear “treatment pod” designed in collaboration with Paolo Cassina Custom Interiors. Composed of a custom-made interlocking white opalescent fiberglass panel system, the pod contains private treatment rooms. The treatment rooms are fitted with custom-made cabinetry designed specifically for the aesthetic and medical procedures performed within. The two firms collaborated on a range of custom furniture for the waiting area that includes sofas, armchairs, and tables.
Upside Down Building: ODA completes 12-story LES tower
ODA New York has completed 100 Norfolk, located steps from Bernard Tshumi’s Blue and in the Lower East Side. The 50,000-square-foot condo rises twelve stories on a compact-sized mid-block lot and cantilevers over adjacent low-rise buildings. Likened to a ziggurat or an inverted wedding cake, the building is conceived as a stack of two-story-high boxes, each an independent structure supported by exposed perimeter trusses that become the signature of the building’s interior. Due to zoning height limitations, the volume maximizes the floor area towards the top of the building, taking advantage of unused air space. As the building reaches upwards it expands outwards, broadening progressively every two floors above the sixth. The lobby soars 27 feet high and features a fireplace. A glass-enclosed, 670-square-foot gym is located on the same floor. Due to its shape, each of the 38 units in the building are slightly different. A huge rooftop terrace is shared by the residents as is a terrace on the third floor.
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Allied Works has been selected to design a new building for Pratt Institute’s School of Art, creating a new home for its Master of Fine Arts and Photography programs as well as a new cultural anchor for the community on its 25-acre campus in Brooklyn.