One Jackson Square | Notes of Interest

One Jackson Square, located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, is a 35-unit luxury residential development that responds in dramatic fashion to its celebrated locale. This historic district is home to the highest concentration of early architecture in New York City, and introducing new structures to this intricate fabric must respect its existing architecture, the artistic life within its boundaries, and the history that permeates its streets. The district, however, is not frozen in time, as its recent transformation into an affluent enclave has demonstrated.

Formerly a surface parking lot, the six-sided, split-zone site above two subway tunnels posed significant challenges, which the design negotiates through its massing, material expression, and robust foundation. It also provides a long-missing north edge to Jackson Square Park, a wedge-shaped space formed by the convergence of Greenwich and Eighth Avenues (State Historic Preservation Office).

The building volume steps down from 11 stories to seven stories, from north to south, accommodating the zoning laws and mediating the varied scales of the neighborhood. Undulating bands of glass identify individual floors, creating a ribbon-like series of convexities and concavities along the street wall. The predominantly masonry structures of the immediate surroundings, along with the park, are “played back” in the glazed façade, creating an intimacy of scale congruent with the local context through juxtaposition. The fluid form of the façade is reprised in the lobby, where a bamboo-clad volume is conceived as a block of wood eroded over time by the ebb and flow of residents, much like a river erodes its banks.

Born from the idiosyncrasies, scale, and spirit of the neighborhood, One Jackson Square sets a new standard for exceptional additions to the district’s historic fabric.

Additional Credits

  • Associate Architect: Schuman Lichtenstein Claman Efron
  • Engineer: RA Consultants (Civil/Geothechnical)
  • WSP Flack & Kurtz (Mechanical);/span>
  • Gilsanz Murray Steficek(Structural);/span>
  • General Contractor: Hunter Roberts Construction Group
  • Historic Preservation: Higgins & Quasebarth
  • Acoustical: Cerami Associates
  • Sustainability: Viridian Energy & Environmental, LLC
  • Vertical Transportation: Jenkins & Huntington
  • Photo Credit: © JJR LLC;©Karant & Associates;© Michael Moran;© Aerial Associates Photography

One Jackson Square

Jury Comments

Great example of using modern digital fabrication techniques.

The execution of the window wall is a strong resolution of the detail nicely resolved.

This project is textural and spatial to a high degree.

2011 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture Jury

  • David Miller, FAIA, (Chair)
  • The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP
  • Seattle
  • Ashley Clark, Assoc. AIA
  • LandDesign Inc.
  • Charlotte
  • Curtis Fentress, FAIA
  • Fentress Architects
  • Denver
  • T. Gunny Harboe, FAIA
  • Harboe Architect, PC
  • Chicago
  • David Neuman, FAIA
  • University of Virginia, University Architect
  • Charlottesville, Va.
  • Louis Pounders, FAIA
  • ANF Architects
  • Memphis
  • Sarah Snodgrass, AIAS Representative
  • Parsons The New School for Design
  • New York City
  • Allison Williams, FAIA
  • Perkins & Will
  • San Francisco
  • Jennifer Yoos, AIA
  • VJAA
  • Minneapolis

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