The historic American Express Building is situated in the heart of Tribeca. This project includes a full interior renovation and residential conversion a restoration of the original façade, and a two story 22,500 square-foot penthouse addition. Issues of visibility and a sensitive relationship to the existing building were paramount. In order to yield spatial dominance to this historic landmark, the addition consists of a playful arrangement of glass volumes that appear and disappear above the existing parapet. These volumes are derived from interior spaces whose proportions shift according to the domestic events they afford.
New York, NY 2005
The original facade