By Giancarlo Ciniglio
According to the latest census data, New York City's population is nearly as high now as city planners expected it to be in 2020.
Recent information reports that the city's 2014 population—a rollicking 8,491,079 people—is only 60,000 people away from 2020's projected population of 8,550,971. Meanwhile, New York City is growing far faster than anyone had planned for.
When looking for hope from a worsening housing crisis, there appears to be a solution: using existing rooftops as plots for new constructions. Market-rate housing at affordable costs is a clear and viable solution to New York City’s crisis, and while it isn’t being built in Williamsburg or Gramercy, this example uses the E. V. Haughwout Building at 488-492 Broadway at the corner of Broome Street in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan.
Built in 1856 and designed by John P. Gaynor with cast-iron facade manufactured by Daniel D. Badger, this building was in danger of being razed, until it was pronounced National Landmark in 1965.
In this design, located on top of the E.V. Haughwout Building, we meet the needs and expectations of the users (inhabitants). With this design we seek to promote the help to the ecosystem using sustainable materials, crafted mostly of Kerto-LVL, chose for its exceptional versatility, efficient cost per span ratio and low carbon foot print, reducing its carbon emissions associated with construction, were structures would reduce this several ways, used in different forms like Kerto-S, Kerto-Q, Kero-T, Kerto Ripa and Glulam columns. These materials take less energy to produce Engineered Wood Products than to produce steel, bricks or concrete. As a renewable resource, forests absorb carbon while growing. And the buildings themselves store large amounts of carbon in the form of wood.
This project is presented to propose the necessary areas for our users in their daily lives and a great visual and environmental appeal. The building has a timeless appearance and extraordinary durability in the northern climate, making it a landmark-in-the-landmark for the 21st century. The design pushes the public spaces through a continuous wood surface that moves lithely through the building’s interior and exterior spaces. The new building totals 6 floors with a total of 15 new apartments. Wall, floor and ceiling become one fluid surface which captures the spatial volume while guiding the public through entry points, and leading on to apartment solutions. The overall exterior wood palette is extended into the interior of the building. This design choice allows for the visual continuity of the new addition, also creating a contrast with the old concrete existing building.
The solution proposes a comfortable, useful and above all sustainable design.