West 22nd Street
New York, NY USA
Thisproject started with an old brick building, just yards from Manhattan’s High Line. Our client wanted acontemporary home in historic Chelsea,plus space for retail and residential tenants. Historic guidelines requiredthat we keep the façade. Everything else on the 50-foot by 100-foot lot wasdemolished. In its place installed a piling system and steel structure tosupport the design, which doubled the number of stories of the original building.
Thehouse, occupying the uppermost stories, begins on the third floor. Approach isby a long interior stair from the street that, at the top, opens into a garden;the house wraps around on three sides. The garden is both entryway andcenter—an airy void that offers a counterweight to the dense urbansurroundings. Our intent was to make an aperture for daylight to illuminate theinteriors and through which occupants visually connect to the home’s layeredspaces. Each floor of the house has spaces for sitting, recreation or taking inviews of the skyline: a deck runs the length of the second-floor; the thirdfloor has a garden and basketball court.