Luxury Homes by OCV Architects Unveiled at 55 Warren Street in Manhattan

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OCV's conversion of Landmark Tribeca manufacturing building into luxury homes and ground floor commercial spaces blends historic with ultra modern, including unique features in New York living.

A full-depth courtyard brings light and air into the center of each luxury condo at 55 Warren Street, designed by OCV Architects

On October11-13, 2011, the luxury condominiums designed by Oaklander, Coogan & Vitto Architects, PC (OCV) at 55 Warren Street in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan were unveiled for the first time to the press and the architecture and design communities with three nights of private tours of the building’s penthouse and demonstrations of the home’s integrated lighting, energy and entertainment system by Legrand, Vantage and Bticino.

The landmark building was converted from a manufacturing loft to a new standard in luxury through a renovation that incorporates the historic preservation of its two facades with a completely gutted, fully appointed contemporary interior. In the middle of the 180’ long building the architect, Sara Arnold of OCV, carved out a new full-depth courtyard. This unifying gesture serves to bring in light and air into the center of the building and to allow for the penthouse addition by re-allocating the courtyard’s square footage to the top of the building, with no additional floor area needed.

This key design step made the project feasible in addition to creating a unique, tranquil urban space in the heart of the City. The natural light and air that now comes into the center of the building allows a sweep and height to the lofts that is truly unique in New York living. The reclaimed wood that clads the courtyard harkens back to the authentic structure of the original Landmark building – wood joists removed during demolition were re-engineered as the cladding – and speaks to the balance of integrating the historic with the minimalist, ultra-modern interior layouts.

The advanced lighting and entertainment control systems and cutting-edge energy management solutions on display in the penthouse these last three evenings, however, decisively point to the future. The wireless system, which is centrally controlled from a server within the apartment, allows the user to manage settings from wall pads located throughout the duplex as well as remotely from an iDevice. The convenience that this automation system provides is a key feature for this penthouse, especially considering its size and spread on multiple stories and how seemlessly it is integrated into the architecture.

While the ground floor offers two commercial duplex units, additional conveniences offered to residents are elevator accessible gym, bicycle storage, and the option of creating a private wine cellar. OCV collaborated with code consultants KMA PC, interior designer Leopoldo Rosati, contractors APS Builders, Inc of Brooklyn and fine woodworkers BOPart-NY, also of Brooklyn.

About OCV Architects
Oaklander, Coogan & Vitto Architects, PC is a versatile, award-winning architectural firm serving the New York Metropolitan area for over 30 years. OCV’s body of work ranges from high-end private residences to affordable and special needs housing, from innovative new construction to gut rehabs and historic preservation. Producing over 1,000 units of residential housing, OCV regularly partners with development groups, historic preservationists, interior designers, landscape architects and the U.S. Green Building Council. OCV brings to each design a respect for the project’s site, setting, history and development goals, while building responsibly and sustainably. For more on OCV please visit

For further information on this release, 55 Warren Street or similar projects, please contact:
Mireille Moga
Oaklander, Coogan & Vitto Architects, PC
203 Lafayette Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10012
212-675-6470 x222


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