6th AVENUE RESIDENCESProposal for a mixed-use building
Program Residential, commercial
Team Valerio Franzone, Offcut Design / Fabrication LLC
Location 307-309 6th Avenue, New York City
Area 2440 m2 (26,270 ft2)
6th Avenue Residences is a prototype for a new kind of living, for a new relationship with the city and its environment. Located in the West Village, it is made of 16 residential units and commercial space.
With its bricks, windows with arches, and a metal structure holding the balconies and the greenhouses, the facade is an homage to the old buildings of NYC and their fire escapes. The facade is a device to make the building look not too serious but rather establish a playful relationship with the context, playing with the context instead of imitating it.
The apartments are provided with outdoor spaces, balconies and greenhouses that, acting as in-between spaces, blur the distinction between the public and the private realm. From the apartments, the residents can perceive the vibrant city, and from the outside, the passers-by can perceive the calm of the domestic space.
In addition, the building has common areas with amenities to improve social relationships among its residents.
The greenhouses are also climatic devices, they let the natural light inside and permit to accumulate the heat thus reducing energetic consumption for heating. In the hot seasons, they can be opened to increase ventilation or shaded to block the sunlight from entering and overheating the domestic space.
- 1 Bedroom (with and without balcony/greenhouse)
- 2 Bedroom (with and without balcony/greenhouse)