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14 White

Located in the TriBeCa East Historic District, 14 White Street is a 30,000 SF mixed-use building clad in a distinctive patinated etched bronze panel. Its design, a collaborative effort between DXA studio and NAVA, is a synthesis of unique site considerations and district precedents, a contemporary metal envelope meant to establish a dialogue with the neighboring cast iron manufacturing buildings.

Each bronze panel is acid etched with the very line work used to fabricate the panel using CNC technologies. The panel angles and the resultant etching vary from window to window, capitalizing on the ease of customization in automated digital fabrication and allowing for smaller apertures at private spaces like bedrooms and bathrooms, and larger at public areas like living and dining rooms. Subtle references to qualities of the district are made throughout the design, deriving the proportions, cadence and textures found on many of its neighbors.

14 White will be an ultra-efficient passive building, with large high-performance windows and a hyper and continuously insulated rain screen envelope beneath its metal clad exterior. 10 units ranging in size from 1,200 SF two-bedrooms up to 4,000 SF 4 bedrooms will occupy the floors above the 3,000 SF retail space at and below grade. Construction is slated to begin in early 2018 with completion in 2019.

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470 Columbus

The design for a new 9-story mixed-use residential and retail building at 470 Columbus will feature a modern interpretation of traditional district typology on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. With architecture and interiors both designed by BKSK, the entire design is cohesive – the warm materials, modern detailing and concepts of screening are carried throughout, with both centered on the contemporary heart of the building; the cleverly disguised, heroic glass windows.

Intended to dialogue directly with the Upper West Side district typology, the building’s design drew inspiration from the architectural traditions of sculptural brick and terra cotta details, planes of masonry, and robust cornices. In that tradition, 470 Columbus is designed of layers of masonry – the brick piers are interwoven with horizontal terra cotta baguettes that slip past to create a suspended terra cotta rain screen that conceals large, contemporary windows, framing legible openings that mirror the punched windows of adjacent tenement buildings. Inside, the horizontal screening of the terra cotta rain screen evokes a modern serene quality and the layers of masonry give way to contemporary wood. Staved wood transoms above the windows create a modern interpretation of traditional townhouse shutters, and pull the horizontal lines of the rain screen into the space.

The project is designed to achieve Passive House certification, with exceptional energy efficiency and low energy use requirements.

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158 Clifton Place

The residence at 158 Clifton Place is a two-family row house in Brooklyn, New York. The structure was gut-renovated to the Passive House New York EnerPHit standard and supplemented with a Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Array to achieve near Net Zero energy capability. The building is a wood frame structure, which is rare in New York City. Some of the typical Passive House details used in other projects needed to be modified to account for different thermal and moisture conditions of the structure. As a retrofit, special consideration were required to air seal the building. Paul A. Castrucci, Architects PLLC developed air sealing details specifically for this project and followed up with contractors’ training and inspections to ensure proper installat

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ABC No Rio

ABC No Rio is a community arts organization with roots in the Lower East Side dating back to the 1980s. The new building for this group consists of performance spaces, exhibition spaces, and artist studios.

ABC No Rio is a NYC DDC project, and is on track to exceed Local Law 84 by achieving LEED Silver. The building is projected to be one of the first commercial Passive House buildings in New York City. By designing to this rigorous standard, we expect to reduce the building’s energy use by 75%.

Finally, the planting screen and green facade is both a practical sun shade and a poetic statement on the group’s sustainable vision.

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53 West 71st Street

A full gut renovated landmarked, 5 story townhouse in New York City, restored to meet EnerPHit standards. The project included full restoration of the historic front façade and stoop, a 3 story rear addition and a new roof addition/deck.
This project was certified by the Passive House Academy (PHA)

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R-951 Pacific

R-951 Residence is a modern, energy efficient, three-apartment building and is the first residential project in New York City to have both Passive House & Net Zero Ready certifications. The building employs sophisticated sustainable methods that include a Solar Photovoltaic (PV) array and a rainwater harvesting system. This architectural project was designed, developed and built by Paul A. Castrucci, Architects PLLC with Further Inc., demonstrating our dedication to smart design, sustainability, and building quality. R-951 Residence also provides an example of how developers can leverage the New York City’s Green Zone regulations with optimal results. Inspired by the rich textural qualities of exterior shutters in dense, urban areas of Asia, the front, south facing façade is articulated with a dynamic folding screen system which give residents control over the solar gain in each home.

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