In Progress: 290 Mulberry / SHoP Architects

290 Mulberry is defined by its context through a direct response to zoning and building code regulations. Located in Nolita, New York, this building is bound on the north by Houston Street and on the west by the historic Puck Building on Mulberry Street.  A zoning district requirement specifying a enclosure for the two street walls created an opportunity to respond directly to the Puck Building, one of New York’s most recognizable buildings.  We then focused the idea on the reinterpretation of local laws and regulations with a contemporary response to construction and detailing that doesn’t attempt to imitate the past.

Making a literal interpretation of code written for classical ornamentation allowed us to project our enclosure over the property line at 10% intervals for every 100 square feet. Maximizing the amount of projected area, while minimizing the overall depth of the enclosure became key criteria for our design. When coupled with material properties and fabrication constraints, these criteria began to define an approach that was a contemporary reinterpretation of detailing.  By customizing a standard precast panel system, we were able to achieve maximum effect at minimum cost. The building then becomes veiled by an textured wrapper around the street walls in contrast with the simplicity of the inner core.

The building is 13 stories high, including a mechanical penthouse.  Commercial space is located at the ground floor and cellar.  There are a total of 9 residences in the building, with the typical floor plate reaching 2000 square feet of usable space.  The small size of the floor plate and the value of real estate in the area made optimizing the depth of the exterior enclosure critical in reaching a balance between value added and sellable space.

We are gearing up to fully enclose the building in the next couple of months as we strive for full completion in early 2009.

Architect: SHoP Architects, PC
Project: 290 Mulberry Condominiums
Location: New York, New York
Partners: Christopher Sharples, Coren D. Sharples, William Sharples, Kim Holden, Gregg Pasquarelli
Project Architect: Federico Negro
Project Team: Mark Green, Tyler Goss, Steven Sanderson, Nash Hurley, Takeshi Tornier
Client: Cardinal Investments
Consulting Engineers:
Structural – Robert Silman Associates
HVAC/SP/E - Laszlo Bodak Engineers, PC
Curtain Wall – Frank Seta & Associates
Construction Manager : Kiska Group LTD
Square Footage: 26,000 sq. ft.
Completion date: January 2009

Cite: Basulto, David. "In Progress: 290 Mulberry / SHoP Architects" 19 Nov 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • Manuele De Lisio

    WOW, in one of the last images I can clearly see “Digital Project V1, R2 – For Student”, so they’re using a Student License for that? Gee…

  • Maria-Louiza Laopodi

    I really like the textured effect this building creates. It’s a balanced shell that matches quite well with the older bricked buildings.

  • J

    nice. perhaps sill details could have been something else. see the sill details on this facade:

  • cristian lubiton

    It is not my first time to go to see this web page, i am browsing this web page dailly and take good data from here everyday.

  • sacfemmelongchamp

    Woah! I’m really digging the template/theme of this blog. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s challenging to get that “perfect balance” between superb usability and visual appeal. I must say you’ve done a awesome job with this. Also, the blog loads super fast for me on Chrome. Excellent Blog!