Saint Marks Avenue (The Domenech)
Brooklyn, NY (2006 - 2010)
This new 72-unit residence developed by Common Ground Community includes 18 studios and 54 one bedroom apartments. The deep and narrow site required that a U-shaped mass be configured around a mews-like court with all apartments organized along single loaded corridors. A volume holding the library is set on columns within the court, allowing residence continuous passage from planted mews to rear terrace, where south-facing benches and a central fountain define the rear edge of the site. A green roof terrace overlooking the street is one of several environmentally sustainable amenities, which also include daylight harvesting Kalwall checkerboard facades along either side of the court.
Saint Marks Avenue is one of a family of six new supportive housing residences which have similar building programs and share a common feature: they all adapt to irregular 'remnant' urban sites.
Publications + Awards
Restoring the Urban Dream - Affordable Housing in New York, Bauwelt December 2011
Imagining Housing for Today, New York Times November 2011
Comment> Jonathan Kirschenfeld, The Architect's Newspaper April 2011
Building Brooklyn Award: Residential Affordable Category, 2011