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Design Approach to High Rise Mixed Use Buildings


Our practice and clientele have varied, from established arts and educational institutions to commercial developments and office interiors for not-for-profit organizations.  In all of our work, the focus has been on maintaining or restoring the architectural integrity of an existing building or surrounding context while designing facilities for updated and new program uses. After completion of the zoning analysis of a site and reviewing the allowable building square footage and massing alternatives, we begin the design process working with the client and the necessary engineering and construction consultants.  The emphasis is placed on using the brick and stone materials of traditional West Side buildings and designing the upper floors to have offsets and setbacks which break up the building’s mass and provide opportunities for terraces and a variety of apartment layouts.  The use of corner windows is a characteristic of our designs, along with carefully detailed entrances, lobbies and storefronts that reinforce the relationship to the urban context


High rise mixed use projects have included:


  • 45 West 67th Street Apartments, design of 32 story mixed-use condominium building

  • One Columbus Place, design of two 49 story towers including the Syms landmark building

  • Concerto, design of 35 story apartment building with staff housing for Roosevelt Hospital

  • South Park Tower, design of 52 story building with rental apartments, offices and garage


Our designs have been featured in Architectural Record, articles in The New York Times, the AIA Guide to NYC and New York 2000. 

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