837 Washington Commercial Office Building / Morris Adjmi Architects

837 Washington Commercial Office Building / Morris Adjmi Architects

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  • Structural Engineer:Gilsanz Murray Steficek
  • Civil Engineer:Lagan
  • Construction Management:Sciame
  • Landscape:Plant Connection
  • MEP:ICO
  • Owners Representative:Taconic Development Company
  • City:New York
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Text description provided by the architects. 837 Washington Street is a commercial office building that embodies the cultural, economic, and political forces that have shaped New York. Located in the city’s historic Meatpacking District, at the convergence of the rigid 1811 Commissioners’ street grid and the older picturesque streets of Greenwich Village, it comprises two distinct but coexisting elements: a new twisting steel-and-glass volume and a rehabilitated Moderne-style brick warehouse built in 1938.

Courtesy of Morris Adjmi Architects
Courtesy of Morris Adjmi Architects
Courtesy of Morris Adjmi Architects
Courtesy of Morris Adjmi Architects

The warehouse retains much of its gritty charm and historic character, including a restored metal canopy and ad-hoc arrangement of garage doors, which have been repurposed as dynamic storefront windows. The new volume’s spiraling floor plates, inspired by the collision of the city’s street grids, are clad in a curtain wall designed to complement the original building’s factory-style fenestration, while its bold structural steel exoskeleton clearly evokes the nearby High Line elevated park. The design also incorporates beds of native plants filling the voids created by the rotating floors, further echoing the High Line’s post-industrial garden setting while softening the interior spaces and reducing stormwater runoff. 

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Address:837 Washington St, New York, NY 10014, United States

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Cite: "837 Washington Commercial Office Building / Morris Adjmi Architects" 23 Apr 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/915585/837-washington-commercial-office-building-morris-adjmi-architects> ISSN 0719-8884

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