Massive Maya Lin-Designed Tribeca Townhouse Gets Thumbs Up From Landmarks

Posted On Wed, June 22, 2016 By

Posted On Wed, June 22, 2016 By In Architecture, New Developments, Tribeca

While better known for its manufacturing buildings converted to retreats of discreet loft living, Tribeca is ushering in a mini-Gilded Age of mega-modern townhouses that are rising from the neighborhood’s modicum of narrow lots. Yesterday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved Maya Lin Studio‘s design of a five-story, 20,000-square-foot single-family mansion at 11 Hubert Street that will use the structural bones of an existing three-floor commercial building and add more than 6,000 square feet of floor area throughout. The nondescript commercial structure is a vestige of a never-finished 1980’s residential project that Lin, in collaboration with architects Bialosky + Partners, hope to rectify.

11 Hubert 4

11 HUbert Street 4
More rendering views

Yesterday, Lin presented to the LPC commissioners an updated set of renderings, drawings, and an architectural model. Using neighboring buildings to help determine scale, the firm envisions a structure that will rise 64 feet from its 5,000-square-foot corner lot and fully fill its Hubert and Collister Street walls. A 25-foot-wide interior courtyard is provided behind. The project’s most distinguishing feature is a multi-story, wrap-around glass and perforated metal wall highlighted by areas of fritted glass, bronze-colored mullions and a perforated metal screen whose pattern is based on the porosity of volcanic rock. Chelmsford stone cladding quarried from Massachusetts and an abstract array of punch-hole windows articulate the remainder of the exterior. Lin explained that the modern exterior is an expression of the simplistic features and forms of the warehouse district.

11 Hubert Street 1

11 Hubert 2
The current site

One commissioner said that the design seems to come from nowhere with no specific time considered for the design, but that the existing building has the same issue. Other commissioners argued that the design is in fact contextual and represents various influences from the neighborhood. The typically conservative Historic districts Council said Bialosky’s design resembled a block of Swiss cheese and that the current building is more contextual with the neighborhood and a new design should reflect that instead of adding new modern elements.

A physical model was most convincing element of the presentation to The commissioners felt the physical model was the most convincing element of the presentation for how it accurately depicted the metal perforated screen and how the design speaks well to the buildings surrounding it without “screaming.” One commissioner noted that it was one of the most interesting new buildings that he’s seen in a long time: “There is a sculptural quality that wouldn’t be possible for a larger building, but since the scale is so tiny it allows for freedom for the artist.” The commissioners also found it refreshing that an artist was presenting rather than architect. Lin is best known for her remarkable Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C.

Giving the Upper East Side a run for its money, a number a extravagantly large townhouses have risen from Tribeca’s few underbuilt lots. Most notably is the four-bedroom 11,300-square-foot house at 2 North Moore Street and a seven+ bedroom, 20,000-square-foot home proposed for 71 Franklin Street.

Find listings for 11 Hubert Street on CityRealty.

RELATED:

Tags : , , , , , , ,

Neighborhoods : Tribeca

MOST RECENT ARTICLES

  • Distinctive 1969 modern Westchester County home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright acolyte asks $1.1M

    Distinctive 1969 modern Westchester County home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright acolyte asks $1.1M

    Nestled in a wooded enclave in the tranquil town of Briarcliff Manor in Westchester County, NY, this striking midcentury modern house was built ...
  • Park Slope co-op with custom bookshelves reaching 18 feet asks $1.65M

    Park Slope co-op with custom bookshelves reaching 18 feet asks $1.65M

    A renovation for this Park Slope co-op left it in lovely condition. The lofty floorplan–which boasts 18-foot ceilings–was taken full ...
  • Weekly highlights: Top picks from the 6sqft staff

    Weekly highlights: Top picks from the 6sqft staff

    Swale floating park returns this spring with a new look Kushner Cos. vision for 666 Fifth Avenue has Zaha Hadid ...
  • Stackable furniture line from Debra Folz Design makes storage stylish

    Stackable furniture line from Debra Folz Design makes storage stylish

    There are all types of stackable furniture out there, and while many of them function perfectly well, they’re not always ...
  • This $4M Riverdale mansion, known as the Esmeralda, was built in 1899 and still impresses today

    This $4M Riverdale mansion, known as the Esmeralda, was built in 1899 and still impresses today

    The historic mansions of Riverdale never fail to impress, and this gem is no exception. Built in 1899 and known ...
  • Renzo Piano’s 565 Broome Street on the rise; the world of Hamilton at Green-Wood Cemetery

    Renzo Piano’s 565 Broome Street on the rise; the world of Hamilton at Green-Wood Cemetery

    After launching sales in September, Renzo Piano’s two-towered 565 Broome Street is finally on the rise. [CityRealty] The quest to ...
  • FREE RENT: This week’s roundup of NYC’s rental concessions

    FREE RENT: This week’s roundup of NYC’s rental concessions

    Upper West Side Beaux Arts Beauty ‘The Willard’ Offering Two Months Free, 1-Bedrooms From $2,996/Month [link] Live at LIC’s Hayden: ...
  • 432 Park would have generated $30M for affordable housing with de Blasio’s mansion tax

    432 Park would have generated $30M for affordable housing with de Blasio’s mansion tax

    Outside of 432 Park Avenue, Mayor de Blasio held a press conference on Thursday to discuss his mansion tax. The ...
  • City reveals garment district rezoning plans, citing incentives to move makers to Sunset Park

    City reveals garment district rezoning plans, citing incentives to move makers to Sunset Park

    At a Manhattan community board meeting Wednesday evening, city officials told garment industry representatives of plans to remove Midtown‘s manufacturing ...
  • The Urban Lens: Behind the counter and into the caves at Murray’s Cheese

    The Urban Lens: Behind the counter and into the caves at Murray’s Cheese

    6sqft’s ongoing series The Urban Lens invites photographers to share work exploring a theme or a place within New York City. ...
  • New renderings revealed for NYCHA’s raised earth Red Hook Houses by KPF

    New renderings revealed for NYCHA’s raised earth Red Hook Houses by KPF

    When Superstorm Sandy hit the community of Red Hook, thousands of residents were left without power and basic necessities for ...
  • Judge once again stops work at Pier 55 over environmental concerns

    Judge once again stops work at Pier 55 over environmental concerns

    If you thought the roller coaster that is Pier 55 was over since construction began in November, you may not want ...

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTERS

Thank you, your sign-up request was successful!
This email address is already subscribed, thank you!
Please provide a valid email address.
Please complete the CAPTCHA.
Oops. Something went wrong. Please try again later.