121 Reade Street, New York City
The project is a residential building consisting of 100 rental apartment units ranging in size from 422 sf - 1,390 sf and has ground level retail space and below grade parking. This project is an excellent example of a contextual "in-fill" building in a richly textured urban historic fabric. The design grows out of the surrounding historic context but does not succumb to phony historicism. The site is quite complex and irregular resulting from the diagonal intersection of Hudson and Reade Streets on its northerly corner then running south as an interior lot, fronting onto Chambers Street. This site is located in TriBeCa, a vibrant New York neighborhood that is undergoing intensive development.
The design of the building responds and reinterprets its surroundings. The facade is modulated in order to break down its scale and to reinforce the adjoining buildings. The rounded "Houseman" corner, while not common in New York, works well in this instance, to soften the transition of the bulk as the building moves around its irregular site. Ornamentation, derived nonliterally from the surrounding building district, is utilized on the facade creating a light whimsical rhythm of color and pattern.