Morris Adjmi Architects, known for modern mash-ups of old and new, shows off some more historic chops at 22 Washington Square North, where the restoration of an 1830s townhouse for NYU Law has just been granted LEED Silver certification. Adjmi and his creative crew cut through the middle of the landmarked Greenwich Village building, bringing light from the rooftop down to the ground floor and creating a green wall that offers views and ventilation to the interior spaces. Out front a set of glossy green doors flanked by ionic columns sits atop a tree-shaded brownstone staircase.
The south facade faces onto Washington Square Park and shows off restored red brick set in a Flemish bond. The rebuilt north facade rises above a wide terrace overlooking the Washington Mews, with another smaller terrace with Village vistas up top. So what was Team Adjmi restoring? 22 Washington Square North originally went up as part of a row of Greek Revival townhouses built opposite Washington Square, a former burial ground that became a city park in 1827. NYU first acquired the townhouse in 1939, and it now houses space for NYU Law and the Straus Institute. Adjmi and team came on board back in 2007, but there was much more noise surrounding their other NYU Law project, the new Wilf Hall.
· 22 Washington Square North [Morris Adjmi Architects]
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