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

  • Helen Hayes’ former Nyack home asks $719K

    Helen Hayes’ former Nyack home asks $719K

    Helen Hayes‘ acting career spanned nearly 80 years, earning her the nickname “First Lady of American Theatre” and garnering her distinctions ...
  • TBD Architecture designs Tetris-like artist studios for an Upstate couple

    TBD Architecture designs Tetris-like artist studios for an Upstate couple

    TBD Architecture + Design Studio took on the challenge of designing two conjoined artist studios for a couple on the same property ...
  • Contract expires for 44,000 NYC subway and bus workers

    Contract expires for 44,000 NYC subway and bus workers

    After the Transport Workers Union and the MTA failed to reach a deal last night, the contracts expired for 44,000 subway ...
  • The pros and cons of living above a bar; own the Big Apple Circus for $500K

    The pros and cons of living above a bar; own the Big Apple Circus for $500K

    You may get special privileges when you live above a bar, but you’ll likely have to deal with noise and ...
  • In the historic West Village Bank Building, a $3.45M condo boasts a 17-foot window

    In the historic West Village Bank Building, a $3.45M condo boasts a 17-foot window

    This unique condo was designed by and for the renowned international designer Tui Pranich. As the listing says, his principle was that ...
  • ‘Ten & Taller’ exhibition maps the rise of Manhattan’s first skyscrapers from 1874 to 1900

    ‘Ten & Taller’ exhibition maps the rise of Manhattan’s first skyscrapers from 1874 to 1900

    Though it might seem that each recent generation attempts to take credit for the rise of the futuristic “skyscraper,” buildings ...
  • With the rise of ride-hailing apps, daily yellow cab trips fell 27 percent since 2010

    With the rise of ride-hailing apps, daily yellow cab trips fell 27 percent since 2010

    6sqft recently shared analysis that 3,000 ridesharing vehicles could replace the city’s fleet of 13,587 taxis. And while this was more ...
  • Cuomo dubs revised 421-a plan ‘Affordable New York,’ advances new legislation

    Cuomo dubs revised 421-a plan ‘Affordable New York,’ advances new legislation

    A year after the city’s 421-a tax exemption program expired, a new version of the affordable housing incentive is officially moving ...
  • This renovated historic townhouse in Mott Haven is only $800,000

    This renovated historic townhouse in Mott Haven is only $800,000

    File this one under things you won’t find in Brooklyn: This pretty, totally modernized 2,828 square-foot Queen Anne row house ...
  • Massive Greenpoint loft with beamed ceilings wants $4,750/month

    Massive Greenpoint loft with beamed ceilings wants $4,750/month

    There are over 1,700 glorious square feet in this Greenpoint loft, now up for rent at the Pencil Factory building ...
  • Weekly highlights: Top picks from the 6sqft staff

    Weekly highlights: Top picks from the 6sqft staff

    Cuomo announces 750-mile Empire State Trail, a continuous trail connecting NYC to Canada Live in ODA’s new Crown Heights rental ...
  • Natalia Geci’s clever furniture system was inspired by Marie Kondo’s de-cluttering principles

    Natalia Geci’s clever furniture system was inspired by Marie Kondo’s de-cluttering principles

    Like many organizationally challenged folks, Argentinean designer Natalia Geci was inspired by Marie Kondo’s bestselling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” Following ...

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.