Architects Lean to Adaptive Reuse for NYC Buildings

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Phil Puccio

As climate change becomes an increasing factor in construction and architecture, both commercial and residential developers are looking for adaptive reuse to reduce embodied carbon and breathe new life into older buildings in New York City.

Among the best of these new developments are thoughtful architectural details that connect NYC’s future to its history, with respectful updates that simultaneously modernize the structures while returning to their original designs.

Stunning modern interpretations of classic details can be found in both commercial and residential projects currently underway in New York, including:

295 Fifth Ave

Known as the “Textile Building”, 295 Fifth Ave is 700,000 square feet and over 100 years old. Originally built in 1920 by notable builder George Backer, 295 Fifth Avenue was formerly home to NYC textile renters and was considered the finest building on Fifth Avenue at the time. Today it is being redeveloped by Tribeca Investment Group to create the ideal workspace for the modern worker. In addition to the required infrastructure upgrades, STUDIOS Architecture designed a two-story, 34,000 square foot penthouse extension to be built on top of the building. Inspired by the original neoclassical style, the extension mirrors the ground floor archways with similarly graceful arches, reinterpreted in a bespoke metal finish that brings modern minimalism to a classic form.

555 Greenwich + 345 Hudson

Recently topped 555 Grünwich is a 270,000-square-foot, 16-story office tower that will seamlessly align and combine with 345 Hudson to form a one-of-a-kind all-block building that creates 87,000 square feet of floor slabs in a unique horizontal superstructure. 555 Greenwich+345 Hudson is in the heart of the up-and-coming Hudson Square neighborhood, which is becoming a premier destination for thought leaders like Google and Disney to put down roots. Designed by COOKFOX Architects, 555 Greenwich will include retail on the ground floor and office space above. The facade will feature numerous recesses with 11 outdoor terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows.

To serve as a serene conclusion to the existing 345 Hudson, 555 Greenwich features a brickwork grid identical to that of 345 where the two buildings meet, gradually opening up with larger windows as it transitions toward the Hudson River. The upper portion of 555 Greenwich features a significantly more modern design with more glass, visually transitioning the building from the past to the future.

Claremont Hall

Claremont Hall is a transformative 41-story mixed-use residential building on the campus of Union Theological Seminary (UTS), a world-renowned 180-year-old center for theological education. The building and residences were designed by legendary New York architecture firm Robert AM Stern Architects (RAMSA), with public spaces and amenities by CetraRuddy. The tower’s collegiate Gothic architectural style takes cues from the neo-Gothic character of UTS, with a more literal use of masonry at the base that seamlessly connects the entrance facade to the surrounding historic campus buildings. A picturesque mix of contrasting bricks and custom prefabricated panels on the exterior allows Claremont Hall to blend seamlessly with the visual fabric of its surroundings.

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