208 West 96th Street Residences / Arctangent Architecture + Design

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Architects: Arctangent Architecture + Design
Location: Upper West Side, City,
Completion Date: 2011
Total Building Floor Area: 2,080 sqm
Principals in Charge: Keitaro Nei & David Hu
Project Designers: Mark Gumienny, Javier Oddo, & Bridgett Cruz
Structural Engineer: Efraim Goldstein, PE PC
MEP Engineer: A Joselow, PC
Lighting Design: PHT Lighting Design Inc.
Photographs: Arctangent Architecture + Design, Peiheng Tsai 


© Arctangent Architecture + Design

Arctangent Architecture + Design (AA+D) in partnership with David Hu Architect PLLC (DHA) are pleased to announce the completion of a new contemporary residential mixed-use development in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The project, 208 West 96th Street Residences, is the partnership’s first ground-up structure completed in the United States.

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This development features nine full floor luxury apartment units in addition to a ground floor commercial space. The main architectural characteristic of this building is an undulating powder-coated laser-cut steel ‘veil’ that becomes both the balcony railings as well as a playful design element for the framing of city views from within the dwellings.

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This layered ‘veil’ with its gradated perforations constantly plays with light, views, reflections, and the materialization / dematerialization of mass making it a provocative and dynamic addition to the complex urban fabric of New York City.


Other features of 208 West 96th Street include a custom designed lobby emulating the spatial layering concepts found on the building exterior, as well as overall attention to interior details not typically found in speculative developments.

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Cite: "208 West 96th Street Residences / Arctangent Architecture + Design" 21 Mar 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=218243>
  • FurnFixEquip

    Anyone who has seen this building in person knows how cheap it looks within the surrounding context – only the delirious will not recognize how awful it truly is.

  • Agustín

    Terrible building, it awfully breaks the harmony of that street, look how it doesn’t takes the height of the adjacent buildings.

  • r c

    you know someone is doing something right when people criticise it for “breaking harmony of that street.”

  • sd

    This building has a delicate sublime quality to it. The perforated screens appear as a subtle work of art that is experiential as one approaches and provide a beautiful contrast to the otherwise drab street facades. The way the facade alters the quality of light during the day for the residents and at night for the street view is phenomenal. It acts as a lantern..
    It is nice to see this level of detail in a contemporary interpretation. Well done!!!

  • Mia

    Wow! A finely crafted work of art on a tight urban plot… Love the screens!