THE SMILE

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Project Info

Appointment 2018
Type Commission
Client XXXX
Size 100,000 sf
Location Harlem, New York
Status Built
Principal  BIG BUILDS
Project Lead Everald Colas, AIA, NOMA
Structural Engineer  Aurecon
Lighting Engineer Gulick Partners

275,000 SF Mixed used building 233 Rental units (47 affordable) and 40,000 SF of commercial tenant fit-out. Bridging between Harlem’s active 125th street corridor and the quieter setting of 126th street, Gotham Residential will contribute a mix of private and public space to the neighborhood. The first and second floors will house commercial tenants that enliven 126th street and connect to 125th through the existing Gotham plaza building at street level. This passage is met by a four-story gallery formed by the facades of the existing Gotham plaza building and the new residential building. Collective spaces for residents including a fitness center, lounge, and workspace, look onto the gallery on the interior of the block on levels 3 and 4 with apartments on the north facade looking onto 126th street. On level 5 terrace apartments look onto the green roof of the existing structure. On level 6 the project expands into the air space above the existing building, allowing for apartments with views south over Harlem towards central park and the East River. From 125th street, this third wing of the building appears to hover over the existing, adding a dynamic dimension to the drama of the Street. on 126th, the building’s facade gently slopes back to allow light onto the street.

The building’s “Y” shaped plan offers units of diverse size and organization. The interlocking checkerboard pattern allows for an elegant facade when viewed from the street and expansive floor to ceiling windows in every apartment. On the roof, a pool and deck tops off the amenities for residents, with a shaped landscape providing an exciting social space as well as more intimate spaces for smaller gatherings. The building draws its form from context, shaping itself to its surroundings, and offering new energy to the already exciting neighborhood.

“The vision of the Collective is to give St. Petersburg a building that is a critical addition to the rich architectural heritage of its place.  It does this by leveraging a contemporary design language to enact an agenda of contextual sensitivity and responsiveness – current design that acknowledges its place within the long legacy of St. Petersburg architecture.”

 

-Everald Colas AIA, NOMA

Each nook has its own character.  Some are bright and open and ready for a celebratory affair.  Others are more confined and suited to quiet conversation.  Whether you’re a new customer or you become a regular, you’ll find the one that is just right for you.  Or, you always have the option to take a seat at the custom-designed bar and be the center of attention.  The variation of spaces captures a sense of discovery and play as you search for your ideal spot creating an expression of the Wynwood Neighborhood and the people that call it home.  The result is a sense of belonging the moment you walk through the doors of Momosan.

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