Tribeca, New York City
The Gerken Residence occupies 6,000 interior square feet and 1,500 square feet of roof garden on the top two floors (13 and 14) and roof of a historic Tribeca building. The proposal explores shifting relationships of solid and void through the interplay of three distinct nested prisms.
At the entrance to the loft, a large courtyard opens the interior to the landscape, sky and city. This initial void is subsequently revealed to be bounded by a larger cut through the 14th floor, allowing the courtyard to be read as a floating glass mass, bridging the east and west sides of the plan, and opening the section between floors. The larger cut also exposes the existing building core as a monolithic mass that grounds the choreography of void and solid dancing around it. This core is clad in custom pulled plaster panels, a technique developed through the controlled collision of a centuries-old fabrication technique with contemporary digital design language. The project is formally restrained, but spatially provocative.
Structural Engineer: Silman
MEP Engineer: Engineering Solutions
Screen Fabricator: KAMMETAL
Photography: Naho Kubota
The Gerken Residence courtyard and rooftop are the result of collaboration with landscape design firm Future Green Studio.