DXA Studio Embarks on Three Major Townhouse Projects

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Located in TriBeCa, the Upper West Side and the East Village, each unique project will be overseen simultaneously by the firm’s partners Wayne Norbeck and Jordan Rogove

DXA studio today announced multiple townhouse projects ranging from 5,000 to 12,000 square feet in three diverse Manhattan neighborhoods – TriBeCa, the East Village and the Upper West Side.

“We are delighted to see shovels in the ground in the next four weeks on these three exciting projects. Seeing the old Knickerbocker Ice building get new life in Tribeca, an old wound healed in the Upper West Side with the replacement to a lost landmark, and a south facing glass façade across from a park in the East Village--it’s a thrill that this diversity of projects is happening together,” says DXA Partner, Jordan Rogove.

“While all three are from the same design studio and are located in New York City, the projects are clearly distinctive, based on technical and aesthetic opportunities of each site, and the individual perspective of each client. We love that the resulting solutions share the common approach of a careful response to each challenge,” says DXA Partner, Wayne Norbeck.

Below are descriptions and renderings of the projects. More information and renderings are available upon request.

17 Leonard Street

Former home to the Knickerbocker Ice Company, this 1855 three-story masonry loft building in the TriBeCa East Historic District is being converted into a six level, six-bedroom luxury townhouse. Two additional stories that house living, dining and kitchen areas sit atop the original building, with large sliding glass doors opening onto over 2,000 SF of landscaped terrace area. A full floor master suite; a four-bedroom floor with a recreation room; two service quarters; a screening room and parking occupy the lower three floors. A swimming pool with a gym, sauna and steam room compose the below grade level.

The townhouse’s design focuses on maximizing the quality of natural light to spaces throughout the building. Two glazed atrium-like opening’s run from the roof to the lower stories, illuminating the central stairs and surrounding rooms. The material palette shifts incrementally from dark to light, floor to floor, starting with earthy stone finishes in the spa level below grade and culminating in lighter and more luminous materials in the penthouse levels.

110 West 88th Street

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission recently approved this 5-story, single family townhouse in the Upper West Side-Central Park West Historic District. The contemporary and contextual design draws inspiration from the district in utilizing a single material, limestone, to express a multitude of architectural features. The verdant character of the block on which it resides is continued inward in the form of integrated flower boxes along the facade and a continuous living wall that spans the full five stories of an open, centralized stair.

319 East 6th Street

This ground-up building faces an inner-block garden on 6th Street in the East Village. A desire for full expanses of glass to view the garden and the skyline beyond presented a challenge with the heat gain associated with direct southern exposure. The design includes flexible, folding wood slat screens within steel frames that provide solar shading when needed, but that allow unencumbered views when repositioned to the sides of the facade.

The facade is clad in a Danish handmade brick and includes a full width mural along a sidewall that links the building in character with its East Village neighbors where street art abounds. The five residential units, from a small studio up to a dramatic three-bedroom apartment with office and double height duplex on the top floors, incorporate a simple and timeless palette of materials throughout.


About DXA studio

DXA studio’s expertise spans an uncommonly broad spectrum of project types including multi-family and single family residential, commercial, institutional, hotel and event design. DXA provides a rare balance of highly crafted design and exceptional project management, with particular adeptness at landmarks, loft board and zoning approvals, and NYC City Planning and Uniform Land Use Review Procedures.

DXA studio's current work includes 280 St. Marks, Mt. Pleasant Church Conversion, 100 Barclay and Galapagos Detroit. Additionally, DXA is designing four ground up single-family townhouses for private clients ranging from 5,000 to 15,000 SF, a 15 story tower in the Lower East Side, multiple performance venues including the famed Blue Note jazz club and the Highline Ballroom, and is working on a sustainable and health-focused development in St. Marc, Haiti as a result of winning an international design competition.

At DXA studio, a project begins with an open exchange of ideas and collaboration. The client’s program and desires, along with the complexities of the project’s site are used to create a conceptual framework by which an architecture of distinctive identity, clarity, and ingenuity is created.

For more information about DXA studio, please visit http://www.dxastudio.com/.

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