Frederic Schwartz Architects

SOUNDVIEW

The Bronx, New York
2006

Soundview

This recent submission for a large abandoned waterfront brownfield property in the Bronx by the developer / architect team of Full Spectrum of New York / Frederic Schwartz Architects is premised by the team’s highly interactive and integrated design approach to affordable, quality sustainable housing that starts with intelligent site and building planning and recognizes environmental design (like recovering a brownfield), specific neighborhood context (in term of its location, history and culture) and the economic realities of financing and constructability issues.

The plan and massing of Soundview is delineated by four ship shaped, 20 floor residential buildings that in combination with its colorful, lively jazzy glass skin that we believe will give a certain pride, identity and ownership to its inhabitants. The buildings rotate ever so slightly in their site orientation to maximize their dramatic Long Island Sound views.

Each of 250,000 sf buildings and their floor plates are exactly the same for economical design and simplified phased construction. They include a mix of efficiently planned apartments with an emphasis on two- and three-bedroom family units. On the south facing facades, double glazed vision glass alternates with prefabricated integrated, insulated, colorful crystalline photovoltaic spandrel panels.

The planning and site development follows the New York City zoning code. We would like to work closely with the New York City Planning Commission to increase the affordable unit residential unit count -- the buildings could certainly be taller with respect to the mass and heights of the buildings (“the Projects”) in the immediate surrounding neighborhood.

   
   

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