S9 Architecture creates gridded facade for 111 Varick tower in Manhattan - architecture and design

S9 Architecture creates gridded facade for 111 Varick tower in Manhattan



American firm S9 Architecture has completed a tall residential building in a post-industrial New York neighbourhood, incorporating design elements that "pay homage to the past".
The 111 Varick tower is located at Hudson Square, a once-industrial district that has morphed over the decades. The 30-storey tower was built atop the former site of a parking garage, near the entrance to the Holland Tunnel.
111 Varick is built in Manhattan's Hudson Square neighbourhood
Rising up from a rectangular parcel, the building has several setbacks that help break up its blocky form and evoke the massing of Manhattan's early skyscrapers.
Facades are wrapped in reflective glass and a grid of wavy, dark-hued concrete panels.
The design takes cues from the surrounding context rather than the "global glass tower typology", said New York-based firm S9 Architecture. The tower has a gridded facade
"The building's monochromatic, charcoal-coloured facade celebrates the architecture of New York City by reinterpreting the surrounding historic masonry structures," the architects said.
"Its gridded fenestration pattern and palette of industrially inspired materials such as glass and blackened steel pay homage to the past, while its undulating precast concrete panels establish it as a contemporary landmark."
100 apartments are included in the building
The tower contains 100 rental apartments, ranging from studios to one- and two-bedroom units. Both market-rate and a...
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