‘Less is More’ says New York Landmarks Commission of Morris Adjmi design
After three attempts, architect Morris Adjmi’s four-storey glass addition to a 1938 moderne style market building in New York’s Meatpacking District was approved Tuesday by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
The approved design, which will see reductions in the number stories and the floor-to-floor heights over the initial seven storey proposal, is considerably smaller. The reduction in the building size was in response to demands from the neighbourhood, specifically the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, which serves as an advocate for sensitive development in the area.
“We are glad the advocacy over the last couple of year has resulted in the size of the proposal being reduced significantly” said Andrew Berman, the executive director at the Society. “However, we still have a fundamental concern of turning buildings in historic districts into pedestals for larger developments.”
The building, located at 837-843 Washington Street, is in the heart of the district and enjoys high visibility. It is cattycorner to The Standard Hotel and visible from the High Line.
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The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the design for 837 Washington Street in New York’s Gansevoort Market Historic District. The design, a 4-story glass and steel torqued addition sitting within a 2-story Moderne style brick meat market building, was hailed for its use of materials, appreciation of its industrial past and relation to its urban context. LPC Chairman Robert Tierney declared that MA Architects ‘set a very high bar’ for design in the area.