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.