Cast Iron House2015
New York, NY80000 sf
The original 361 Broadway Building was completed in 1882 and has been named a New York City Landmark for its exquisite Cast Iron facade. The existing façade has been preserved and inserted with a new modern interior that includes 11 double height units and topped with a two story Penthouse Addition. The insertion of the new modern living space inside the existing façade is likened to a Ship in the Bottle. The ship referencing to the roots of the early modernist that looked at technology, industry and modes of transportation such as airplanes and ships to transform architecture to be modern.
The new Penthouse addition is designed to integrate with the existing building. This was achieved with the use of the Cantilevered Truss that presents itself as a Single Storied Structure when seen from the street below. The Rectangular Truss Bays references the proportion of the existing cast iron window bays below. The Penthouse literally floats above the Cast Iron Structure with a Steel Cantilevered Vierendeel Truss. The cantilevered ninth floor enables full height sliding doors at the eighth floor to entirely open up the north façade to the terrace.
Amenity spaces have been provided in the basement, which include an exercise gym, dance studio, game rooms, an exterior courtyard, and a spa with sauna and steam room.