|JUROR COMMENTS || || |
This project should be recognized for its parti. The “cut” is a delightful metaphor and strong concept. The urban strategy is also solid. The location of a market and the remapping the street as a pedestrian way is a smart idea. There is also a nice integration of environmental strategies with ideas about airflow and heating/cooling loads. The unit plans are well developed and they show a good amount of variation. However, without seeing drawings for timber details or interior renderings, the submission leaves us with a lot of questions and the representation of the project also doesn’t reflect the potential life of the building.
|DESCRIPTION || ||A cut in a simple, wrapped city block, provides a welcome reprieve from the Lower East Side. The Delancey Cut is an architectural manifestation of kintsugi, as in the Japanese idea of making broken parts whole again; celebrating the history of the Lower East Side while creating an integrated future. The site mends New York's fabric of tenement housing and towers in the park; a site, once a rend in the vibrant neighborhood fabric is re-imagined as a celebrated urban space. A neighborhood of diverse spaces and experiences exists within the block, awaiting discovery. At the street, the building holds the urban edge with continuous understated facade. Restaurants, bars, and retail, encourage activity along the busy exterior edges enriching the life of the neighborhood. The cut provides a passage between major transit points on Delancey and Essex. Shaped by sun angles, the faceted interior pulls daylight and fresh air into the inner spaces of the block. Markets occupy the lower two levels of this carved space, offering a bustling, intimate public experience surrounded by warm wood. Stairs ascend to an elevated boardwalk. On the upper deck market stalls allow pedestrians to observe the busy spectacle below from a slightly slower pace. THE WARHOL MUSEUM Obscured behind the same understated wrapper as the rest of the block, The Warhol Museum is cut off by the flow of people arriving from the Delancey Subway Station. The mirrored glass of the museum's faceted side reflects the life of the city around it. From the outside, New York is reflected in a disjointed and faceted collage, while the austere interior provides a space to consider the juxtaposition of Warhol's work and the everyday. The experience culminates in a rooftop plaza where, after having ascended from cavernous below grade exhibits, visitors are again blinded by the vibrancy and bustle of NYC. THE HOUSING Semi-private courtyard spaces are also carved from within the mass of the block. Residential units pinwheel out on a 30' bay. These courtyard spaces provide a serene juxtaposition to city life outside and follow the same faceted architectural language as the primary cut through the block. |