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William Beaver House, New York, United States 
Monday 11 Jan 2010
 
Living it up downtown... 
 
TsAO & McKOWN Architects 
 
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Tsao & McKown completes new residential condo in Manhattan 

This project is a USD$180m , 47-storey condominium located one block below Wall Street in lower Manhattan. There are 316 apartments, and a range of resident amenities including a 60-ft indoor lap pool, a gym, squash and basketball courts, a screening room, penthouse events space and terrace, and a public restaurant on the street level.

The project deliberately conflates and blurs the realms of housing and hospitality, domesticity and public life, privacy and sociability. The residential program fills the tower above, which is set back from the base to form a housing core. That core is brought down to and formally interlocks with the more public, extroverted base. At once, the residential and public components are conjoined and revealed.

At the base the sidewalks are widened, and a small piazza is created at the corner by carving out portions of the building, providing much needed public space. The tower’s perceived mass is reduced by 'breaking' the corner, separating the two street facades. Within the compact apartments, space is maximised, in part, by joining sleeping and bathing areas.

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TsAO & McKOWN Architects
www.tsao-mckown.com

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