David Adjaye designs housing and museum combo in New York

World Interior Design Network | November 15, 2010

London-based architect David Adjaye has been commissioned to design a unique low-income housing scheme complete with a children’s museum at the historic Harlem neighbourhood in Manhattan, New York.

Developed by a non-profit developer of supportive housing, Broadway Housing Communities (BHC), the $70 million, 13-storey, 124-apartment affordable housing complex will be located on W. 155th Street at St. Nicholas Place. A period garage with terra-cotta detailing will be demolished to make way for the new scheme.

The brief for the scheme required something modern but complementary to the surrounding Gothic revival row-houses. Adjaye has proposed a dark slab above a 76ft glass-and-terrazzo base that steps back to create a 10ft terrace and cantilever on opposite sides, in response to this brief. Saw-toothed fenestration fans across both facades indicate reference to the bay windows that are common in the area. These windows also provide views of the Hudson River and the new Yankee Stadium. David has derived this design nod from the terra-cotta buildings in the neighbourhood. SLCE Architects is the project’s architect of record.

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