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It's Curtains for Nolita's 277 Mott

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[Renderings courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro]

Structures made from glass bricks are all the rage in NYC building design, and these blocks of silicate are surely destined to be one of architecture's signature items for the year 2009. The latest project to pop out of the glass brick toy box is from Ricardo Scofidio of architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro. We first happened upon the site at 277 Mott Street near Old St. Patrick's Cathedral in Nolita almost a year ago. Apparently not much has happened on the ground since then, but it looks like Scofidio and crew have been very busy in the studio.

The design team recently posted renderings for this seven-story, three-unit condo project with multiple levels of retail below. And don't think this is some simple stack of fancy blocks. No way. What's to come is actually a sliding curtain of bricks that will hang outside the glass facade: "hefty textile screens [that] can be drawn mechanically by tenants like grand mineral curtains." That could be good, both for the views and for the biceps. Little birdies might like this, too. The cleaning of all that movable glass we'll leave to someone else. And check out the rendering featuring the rooftop artificial beach/wading pool. Who needs the Hamptons?
· Scofidio Digs In at 277 Mott [Curbed]