150 Charles

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

Additional information

Engineer - civil: Philip Habib & Associates

Engineer - structural: Gilsanz, Murray, Steficek, LLP

Engineer - MEP: WSP

Engineer - geotechnical: RA Consultants

Construction manager: Plaza Construction Corp.

Interior designer: Alan Wanzenberg Architects (all interiors, except penthouse apartment interior designed by submitting firm)

Landscape architect: Dirtworks, PC

Boring contractor: Warren George, Inc.

Building survey: TSIG Consulting

Consultant - acoustical: Cerami

Consultant - exterior wall: Gilsanz, Murray, Steficek, LLP

Consultant - energy: Van Deusen & Associates

Consultant - LEED: Ecological and Vidaris

Consultant - lighting design: One Lux


Victor A. Mirontschuk, FAIA (Chair), EDI International, PC, New York City

Katie Gerfen, ARCHITECT, Washington, DC

Luis Jauregui, FAIA, Jauregui Architecture Interiors Construction, Austin, Texas

Adrianne Steichen, AIA, Pyatok Architects, Oakland, California

John Thatch, AIA, Dahlin Group Architecture Planning, Pleasanton, California    

Image credits

2. 150 Charles Street (c) Frank Oudeman

Frank Oudeman

1. 150 Charles Street (c) Frank Oudeman

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Frank Oudeman

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COOKFOX Architects

6. 150 Charles Street (c) Bilyana Dimitrova

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