Architect: COOKFOX Architects, DPC
Owner: The Witkoff Group
Location: New York, New York
Category: Multifamily Housing (category three)
Overlooking the Hudson River, this building's design emphasizes direct access to nature while also providing a high quality indoor environmental.
Bordering the West Village Historic District, 150 Charles Street overlooks the expanse of the Hudson River waterfront. On this exceptional site, we envisioned a building connected to nature and carefully integrated into its historical neighborhood. To conserve the character of the street we preserved the original Whitehall Warehouse structure. Rising above is a contextual setback tower with a series of cascading garden terraces designed as a “fifth façade” to provide armatures for nature. Highlighting natural materials of brick, wood and stone, the architectural expressions recall those of the surrounding West Village. The design proposal required the approval of several community boards and resulted in a zoning change that allows the new contextual massing scheme with the promise of “superior landscaping.” More than half the site area is now covered by gardens, and each resident has direct access to nature through private or shared terraces and the lush central courtyard.
"Nicely designed urban project with nice use of outdoor space and enhancing views. The use of greenspace throughout is exceptional" ~ Jury comment