Commissioners were uninhibited in their praise for BKSK’s design for a new 6-story commercial building at the corner of Broadway and Spring Street in the heart of Soho. One proclaimed it “the most exciting of my tenure [on the Commission].” The building recalls an earlier predecessor on the site, the Prescott House, a large 19th-century hotel that was mostly reduced to a two-story taxpayer in 1935. Using state-of-the-art modeling software, the design team conceived a terra cotta rain screen and glass curtain wall facade system that transforms a seemingly punched opening masonry building (evoking the old hotel) into a glass curtain wall building reflecting the openness ratio of later cast iron buildings in the district. The terra cotta elements on the Spring Street elevation twist and dematerialize so that the facade culminates in a modern glass curtain wall with terra cotta accents and district-appropriate loft dimensions fronting on Broadway.
Society of American Registered Architects New York Council (SARA | NY), Design Award of Excellence, 2017
“The Strange State of New York’s Street-Level Retail Storefronts,” New York Magazine, July 2017
“On the Forefront of Storefronts: The street-level evolution of retail.,” New York Magazine (print), July 2017
“From Nike to Zara, NYC shopping has never been better,” New York Post, January 2017
“Reasons to Love New York,” NYMag, December 2016
“At the Corner of Past and Present,” Oculus, December 2015
“Cast of Characters: BKSK’s warping tribute to Soho’s cast-iron history,” Architect's Newspaper, May 2014
“NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Lauds “Exciting” New Building,” Arch Daily, September 2013
“Landmark Commission blown away by 529 Broadway Designs,” Curbed, September 2013
Front – exterior envelope consultant; Parabox – software specialist; Gilsanz Murray Steficeck – structural; Higgins Quasebarth & Partners – preservation consultant; Harco Construction – construction manager; SRA Architecture + Engineering – MEP (initial filing); GEA Consulting Engineers – MEP (tenant PAA)
Photos by Chris Payne/ESTO and Field Condition
"In that short period of time we saw technology changing so much and the emergence of modern architecture. We thought that story deserves to be writ large in our new building. We tried to tell a story that’s representative of the whole district based on these two smaller buildings."
Harry Kendall, BKSK Partner