Commissioners were uninhibited in their praise for BKSK’s design for a new 6-story commercial building at the corner of Broadway and Spring Street in the heart of Soho. One proclaimed it “the most exciting of my tenure [on the Commission].” The proposed building recalls an earlier predecessor on the site, the Prescott House, a large 19th-century hotel that was mostly reduced to a two-story taxpayer in 1935. Using state-of-the-art modeling software, the design team conceived a terra cotta rain screen and glass curtain wall facade system that transforms a seemingly punched opening masonry building (evoking the old hotel) into a glass curtain wall building reflecting the openness ratio of later cast iron buildings in the district. The terra cotta elements on the Spring Street elevation twist and dematerialize so that the facade culminates in a modern glass curtain wall with terra cotta accents and district-appropriate loft dimensions fronting on Broadway. This boundary-pushing project is the result of a close collaboration between BKSK, digital modeling specialist Parabox, facade engineering consultant Front Inc, and several terra cotta manufacturers.
“From Nike to Zara, NYC shopping has never been better,” New York Post, January 2017
“Reasons to Love New York,” New York Magazine, December 2016
“At the Corner of Past and Present,” Oculus, December 2015
“Cast of Characters: BKSK’s warping tribute to Soho’s cast-iron history,” The Architect’s Newspaper, May 2014
“Landmarks Commission blown away by 529 Broadway Designs,” Curbed NY, September 2013
Front – exterior envelope consultant; Parabox – software specialist; Gilsanz Murray Steficeck – structural; Higgins Quasebarth & Partners – preservation consultant; Harco Construction – construction manager; SRA Architecture + Engineering – MEP (initial filing); GEA Consulting Engineers – MEP (tenant PAA)
Photos by Chris Payne/ESTO and Field Condition