Occupancy

Est. 2017

Location

NoHo, NYC

Client

Richport Group and SDS Brooklyn

Across the street from BKSK’s widely commended 25 Bond, a new modern landmark is taking shape. What was a long-dormant 14-story superstructure originally intended to be a hotel is being remade into a more contextually sensitive and art-inspired residential loft building.

Plans for the through-block site include reducing the height of the existing tower, which faces Great Jones Street, by two floors and re-establishing the building’s street presence with new façades positioned on either lot line. The deep site is bracketed by two facades of weathered steel on the north and south ends, framing an “art garden” within, visible to passersby through a large vitrine near the entrance on Bond Street. Within the garden, landscape, sculpture, and elevated trees are framed by architecture, transforming the building into a vessel for art. This building-as-art concept continues the neighborhood’s legacy as an incubator for art, where beginning in the 1970s, some the city’s most prominent contemporary artists emerged. This tradition has inspired a new generation of art installations – along Bond Street in particular – that work in concert with the architecture.

BKSK is also directing the interior design of the building’s common spaces and individual units. Residences are composed of serene, gallery-like spaces. Kitchens are disguised as a volume within a volume. An airy sculptural staircase is suspended within the double-height main room. Secondary spaces, such as vestibules and powder rooms, are carved from the building’s core and rendered as inky-black volumes, heightening the contrast between inside and out.

Renderings by BLKHaus and Richport Group

Photos by Nina Poon / MW Studio

"The Bond Street trees were famous. There were two in front of each house, and in 1857 they were so tall and dense that from the roadway only the stoops of the houses could be seen. Tuckerman, in his biography of Dr. Francis, says that the lamps, gleaming amid the leaves, reminded one of Paris."

From Valentine’s Manual of the City, published in 1917