312-322 Canal STREET

312-322 Canal Street, a new 7-story 24,000 SF mixed-use building, will soon occupy an important stretch of Canal Street in the West Tribeca Historical District bringing additional residential and commercial space to this fast-paced and constantly changing neighborhood.

In designing the building, the team found inspiration in the historic district’s many elegant cast-iron, palazzo style buildings, but simultaneously tried to honor the vibrant and commonplace qualities that have defined Canal Street in particular throughout its history.

Like the grand commercial stores of the 19th century, the trabeated facade of 312-322 is ordered by an elegant repetition of “posts” and “beams” creating a unified expression. This repetition is reinforced through our priority to create a deep façade, well over a foot from terracotta fin to window, that allows for the play of light and shadow characteristic of many of these earlier cast-iron architectural landmarks.

The classical monumentality of the façade is, however, mediated by the choice of material and modern detailing. As with many projects, we look for beauty in utility and the everyday. We were immediately struck by the vibrant, warm reds that characterize the century-old utilitarian masonry work throughout Tribeca, whether on grand facades or on side lot lines. Seizing on this inspiration and working toward our technical and sustainability goals, we decided upon a system of red terracotta tiles and thin projecting fins to articulate the building’s arrangement and enliven the staid street front.

The result is a building anchored in the architectural heritage of the neighborhood, yet definitively of the present.  

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