Project of the Week for April 18, 2016: Private West Village, NY Penthouse Terrace

April 18, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Project of the Week Private West Village NY Penthouse Terrace

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 4/18/16

Private West Village, NY Penthouse Terrace
New York, NY, USA
144 sf. Greenwall

Project of the Week Description & Details

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Occupying the 18th floor of an Art Deco building in a landmark district in New York’s Greenwich Village, this 2,500 square foot terrace wraps the four sides of a penthouse apartment whose living space it nearly doubles. As an integral part of the clients’ living space, the terrace brings the domestic program outside into distinct ‘rooms.’ With a simple palette of steel, reclaimed teak, and stone, the terrace creates an integrated environment that bridges between the two distinct scales of the domestic single-story penthouse and the massive, building-scale presence of the parapet elements built to be seen from 18 stories below. With Tinmouth Chang Architects as Project Lead, the project embraces the technical challenges of rooftop construction by integrating them into its design language, inventing a floating ground plane, which acts as ballast to cantilever the stainless steel railing, achieving stability without anchoring to building surfaces. The railing itself becomes a garden element, supporting planting, lighting, and surfaces which give depth to the parapet edge.

The existing 15-foot-high, 15-foot-wide ugly tan brick wall was the 1928 building’s chimney and since it couldn’t be removed, the design team transformed the eyesore into the centerpiece of their terrace garden with vertical plantings and a modular slate waterfall enclosing the far end of the garden. During the 26-month remodeling project, landscape architect Linda Pollak of Marpillero Pollak Architects, in collaboration with John Tinmouth and David Seiter of Future Green Studio, designed a greenwall from Green Living Technologies. In all, 600 plants of ornamental grasses and trailing species in shades of green, silver and purple were embedded into the 24 panels which were bracketed to the chimney. The greenwall panels were pre-grown three months before installation and the plants are watered by a drip irrigation system. The Private West Village, New York Penthouse Terrace forms a complex and layered middle ground which mediates views to the city beyond.

Project of the Week Private West Village NY Penthouse Terrace

Year: 2011
Owner: Private
Location: New York, NY, USA
Building Type: Multi-Family Residential
Type: Living Wall, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 144 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Private

Project of the Week Private West Village NY Penthouse Terrace

Project of the Week Private West Village NY Penthouse Terrace

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Project Lead, Penthouse Architect: John Tinmouth, Tinmouth Chang Architects
Terrace Architect and Green Wall Design: Linda Pollak, Marpillero Pollak Architects
Greenwall Planting Design: David Seiter, Future Green Studio
Greenwall System: Green Living Technologies International (GLTi)
Construction: Taocon Construction Management
Structural Engineer: Silman
Planting Specification, Supply & Installation: Semperflorens, Inc.
Stone and Porcelain Cladding: Stone Source
Lighting Design: PHT Lighting Design
Fabrication and Installation of Millwork Elements: Material Process Systems

Project of the Week Private West Village NY Penthouse Terrace

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Project of the Week Private West Village NY Penthouse Terrace

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Video & Project of the Week for January 26, 2015: 41 BOND

January 27, 2015 at 10:00 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 1/26/15

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41 BOND
New York, NY, USA
3,000 sf. Greenroofs and Planted Terraces & Boxes

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Project Description & Details

Developed, designed, constructed and property managed by DDG, 41 BOND is a small boutique residential building situated in Manhattan’s exclusive Noho district, steps away from Soho, Greenwich Village, the East Village, and Nolita. Elegant residences consist of townhomes with floor-through residences and duplexes with extensive landscaped exteriors. Integrating historic details with modern design innovations, each home in the 8-story luxury residential building offers open living spaces with abundant natural light and 32-foot long landscaped balconies for private outdoor space.

Working on an interdisciplinary team led by DDG, Future Green Studio provided landscape design and installation for the building façade, entrance canopy, a rear garden, a patio garden, extensive green roof and several landscaped terraces. Each of these pieces was carefully articulated to be seamlessly interwoven with the architecture rather than functioning as separate, disparate elements. Using several growing media blends from rooflite®, plantings from the deep set window boxes and parapet planters – plus the building’s top-floor greenroof and its small street-level cantilevered marquee – reveal how 41 BOND celebrates nature inside and out and is a welcome respite from the city’s dense built environment.

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Year: 2011
Owner: DDG
Location: New York, NY, USA
Building Type: Multi-Family Residential
Type: Semi-Intensive
System: Custom
Size:
3,000 sq.ft.
Slope: 1% – Varies
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof Provider & Consultant: Future Green Studio
Plant Supplier: Atlantic Nursery
Plant Installation: Future Green Studio
Lead Architect: Peter Guthrie, DDG
Waterproofing Membrane: Division 7 Inc.
Structural Engineer: Silman Engineering
General Contractor: DDG Construction
Architect of Record: H. Thomas O’Hara (HTO Architect)
Growing Media: rooflite®

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Video & Project of the Week for June 16, 2014: 345 Meatpacking

June 22, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 6/16/14

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345 Meatpacking
New York, NY, USA
3,800 sf Greenroofs
1,375 sf Green Façades

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Project Description & Details

Featuring panoramic views of the Hudson River, 345 Meatpacking is a dramatic new 11-story luxury residential building of 37 finely crafted one, two and three bedroom condominium residences located just off of 9th Avenue and the Meatpacking district. The new landmark project from DDG architects and developers, the building features a unique integration of landscape into the built environment with a heavily planted entrance canopy, long linear window boxes integrated into the facade and a lush roof garden with perennials and meadow grasses, as well as planted greenwalls.

Designed by Future Green Studio with rooflite® semi-intensive growing media, the planting palette picks up off of the neighboring High Line aesthetic and creates a sense of wild in contrast with sleek lines of the custom architectural brickwork. The planted marquee draws reference from the loading dock awnings historically found here; wild trees and trailing plants spill through a pattern of openings, bringing light and vegetation to the streetscape below. The communal roof garden hosts native meadow plants that colonize small amoeba-like mounds, along with Sumac trees and Scotch Broom. Irrigated using water from a rainwater collection and irrigation system that is incorporated into the building’s bulkhead, the system will collect and redistribute 10,000 CF for irrigation annually.

Year: 2013
Owner: DDG Partners
Location: New York, NY, USA
Building Type: Multi-Family Residential
Roof Type: Semi-Intensive
Wall Type: Green Façade
System: Custom
Roof Size: 3,800 sq.ft.
Wall Size: 1,375 sq.ft.
Grade: 2% and 100%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Lead Architect: Peter Guthrie, DDG Partners
General Contractor: DDG Construction
Contractor: Future Green Studio
Greenroof Provider & Consultant: Future Green Studio
Trellis Provider: DDG Partners
Plant Supplier: Atlantic Nursery
Plant Installation: Future Green Studio
Waterproofing Membrane: Rest Assured Roofing
Structural Engineer: Silman Engineering
Growth Media: rooflite® semi-intensive

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