New Corinthian in Tribeca. Stealth Building by WORKac

PROJECT Stealth Building
ARCHITECT WORKac
LOCATION New York, Usa
YEAR 2016
PHOTO Bruce Damonte
AUTHOR Maria GELVI

The result of a resourceful application of perspective projections, this WORKac studio project in the heart of Manhattan is distinguished by a design that manages to reconcile the past and the future.
The historic building located in Tribeca, today the arts and entertainment district, was subject to a complete re-development of both the interior spaces and the roof terrace and stands out for the renovation of the ancient cast iron façade (the oldest in the city) and the quality of the spaces which are perfectly balanced thanks to a careful, modern and functional distribution process.
Maintaining both the traces of the elements present on the rooftop and the height limit of the existing volumes, the penthouse design takes shape through the creation of an interweaving of the shadows of the surrounding objects which results in a virtuous fabric of broken geometries and lines.

The new crown thus becomes the container of modern living spaces enclosed in a sculptural form that is invisible from the street below. Inside, each apartment presents an ingenious furnishing mechanism: a compact system that contains the primary living functions and leads to the discovery of unusual views and spaces. A vertical greenhouse, obtained by the insertion of shafts that channel a delicate natural light from above, emphasizes this construction on several levels of the living spaces. In addition, the façade, which dates from 1857 and has been completely restored, is embellished by the insertion of new Corinthian style capitals, the result of algorithmic work by Michael Hansmeyer.

BIOGRAPHY
AMALE ANDRAOS AND DAN WOOD FOUNDED WORKAC IN 2003 AND HAVE ACHIEVED INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR PROJECTS THAT REINVENT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN URBAN AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS. THEY ARE COMMITTED TO SUSTAINABILITY AND GO BEYOND ITS TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS BY THINKING MORE BROADLY ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BUILDINGS AND NATURE.

MAIN PROJECTS
RISD Student Center, Providence, RI, Usa, ongoing
Marea, Batroun, Lebanon, ongoing
Miami Collage Garage, Miami, FL, Usa, ongoing
Kew Gardens Hills Library, Queens, NY, Usa, 2017
Edible Schoolyard at P.S.216, Brooklyn, NY, Usa, 2013
Wieden+Kennedy NY, New York, NY, Usa, 2014
Public Farm 1, MoMA/PS1 Young Architect Program, New York, NY, Usa, 2008