Glass bricks are out and big gridded windows are in for 403 Greenwich Street on the western edge of Tribeca. A new plan for the troubled site, where a little 1940s brick taxpayer now sits, was presented yesterday before the landmarks committee of Community Board 1, warming up for the Landmarks Preservation Commission, and comes from the busy crew at Morris Adjmi Architects. The simple scheme is framed in black metal, rising nine stories with a setback on top, and houses five big residential units inside. The previous dream from architect Joseph Pell Lombardi, now permanently deferred, called for a building covered entirely in glass bricks, a ghost-like (though ultimately not fire- or recession-proof) treatment. One CB1 committee member praised the new Adjmi design, and noted that the Lombardi glass brick plan was never fully liked, and that sometimes recessions bring hidden blessings.
The Adjmi proposal shows seven floors rising up from the sidewalk on the single lot at 403 Greenwich, with three bays of impressive double-hung styled three-over-three windows. Up top an eighth floor with a lighter facade is set back, and another final floor steps back yet again. At the rear a set of staggered balconies line the facade. The Schedule A filed at the Department of Buildings shows one full-floor unit, three duplexes and a triplex with terraces on top. If approved this will be the second Adjmi plan for this corner of Tribeca: 408 Greenwich Street, completed in 2008 with post modern cast iron touches, sits catty corner across Hubert Street to the northwest. The team at LPC will have their say when Adjmi's new plan is presented to the commission on September 27th.
· 408 Greenwich Street [Morris Adjmi Architects]
· Morris Adjmi coverage [Curbed]
· 403 Greenwich Street coverage [Curbed]