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BUILDING
 
 
Blue Tower
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DESIGNER
 
 
Bernard Tschumi

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DESCRIPTION
 
Description of the building
Bernard Tschumi Blue Tower New YorkThis residential mid-rise in New York’s Lower East Side presented a major design challenge: how to create an original architectural statement while simultaneously responding to the constraints of New York zoning code and to the developer’s commercial requirements? In our solution, the building’s base occupies a lot zoned for residential use and cantilevers over an existing building designated for commercial use. The slightly angled walls facing the street and rear yard artfully negotiate the varying setback rules, crossing the line between the commercial and residential zoning districts. The sloped top of the building integrates the zoning district’s two sky exposure plane requirements. The cantilever over the commercial space on the southern portion of the building is also angled from base to top, thus enlarging the size of the units located on the upper floors, which have stunning views of Lower Manhattan from river to river. This strategy also maximizes the amount of allowable residential square footage. The pixelated facades reflect both the internal arrangement of spaces and the multi-faceted character of the neighborhood below.
BLUE does not start with a theory or a formal gesture but takes the character of the site as its source, parlaying intricate zoning into angulated form, and form into a pixelated envelope that both projects an architectural statement but also blends into the sky at the same time, simultaneously respecting and embracing the dynamism of the neighborhood.
The building consists of 32 residences ranging from one and two-bedroom units near the base to full-floor units with large terraces higher up, crowned by a duplex penthouse. The sloped window wall is a feature of many units. All units have full-height windows in the living and dining rooms. The apartments are fitted out with sustainable materials, including bamboo floors and wall panels, palm flooring, and river-pebble bathroom tiles.
BLUE also recycles unused space on top of a neighboring commercial structure as an urban garden, which provides communal space for residents and guests with broad views of the Williamsburg Bridge.

Bernard Tschumi
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MATERIALS
 
reinforced concrete, glass

Structure: CIP concrete
Façade: Curtainwall, insulated glazing and four types of spandrel glass
Interiors: Apartments on floors 2-12 have bamboo floors, stone floors and white-tiled walls in the bathroom, white stone kitchen counters, metal and glass upper kitchen cabinets; Tower and Penthouse apartments have palm flooring, stone floors and glass tiled walls in the bathroom, and Boffi kitchens; Common/shared spaces have bamboo wall paneling, stone floors, and back-lit white glass panels.

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LOCATION
 
Continent
North America
Nation
United States
State
New York
Metropolitan area
New York City
County
New York
Town
New York - Manhattan
Borough
Manhattan
Address
Norfolk Street 105 (Delancey Street)
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Residential buildings
Multiple dwelling
Vertical architectures
Skyscrapers
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2004 - 2005    
Realisation
2004 - 2007
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Ramias Steinemann, "Blue residential mid-rise, New York Lower East Side, New York. Bernard Tschumi Architects", A+U. Architecture and Urbanism, 8/2009, august 2009 [Collective housing], pp. 52-57 (9-126)
Michela Arfiero, "Facciata a pixel per la Blue Tower di Tschumi a New York", Il giornale dell'architettura 50, aprile 2007, "Tecnologie e materiali" p. 17
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CLIENT
 
 
Angelo Cosentini, John Carson
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AMOUNT
 
 
$ 17.000.000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Height
m. 55,2 (feet 181)
Floors
18 total
16 aboveground
1 underground
1 roof (elevator, stair bulkheads)
Number
32 apartments
21 one bedroom
8 two bedrooms
2 full floor
1 duplex penthouse
Surface
total sq.m. 5.110 (sq.ft. 55,000)
residential sq.m. 3.995 (sq.ft. 43,000)
commercial sq.m. 650 (sq.ft. 7,000)
basement sq.m. 465 (sq.ft. 5,000)
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Thornton Tomasetti Engineers
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STAFF
 
Project
Bernard Tschumi Architects (New York, NY)
Project architect
Bernard Tschumi
Project leader
Kim Starr
Design team
William Feuerman, Adam Dayem
Collaborators
Dominic Leong, Alan Kusov, Casey Crawmer, Shai Gross, Adam Marcus, Amy Yang
Executive architect
SLCE Architects (New York, NY)
Saky Yakas (principal), Carlos Palacios (project manager), Jerry Vanek
Structural consultant
Thornton Tomasetti Engineers
Aine Brazil, Eli Gottlieb, Patrick Healy
Cladding consultant
Israel Berger & Associates, Inc. (New York, NY)
Israel Berger, A.J. LaBelle
Systems
Ettinger Engineers (New York, NY)
Eric Ettinger
Graphic design
Atwood Design Systems (New York, NY)
John Atwood
General contractor
On The Level Enterprises, Inc. (New York, NY)
Angelo Cosentini, John Carson, John Raine, Angelo Gullo
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Bernard Tschumi Architects
Drawings © Bernard Tschumi Architects
Text edited by Bernard Tschumi
Courtesy by Bernard Tschumi Architects
Bernard Tschumi Blue Tower New York




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