49TH AVENUE

Design Year: 2015
Type: Residential
Location: LIC, NY
Gross floor area: 132,500 sf
Number of units: 194
Project Status: Under Construction

The work scope of HAAK architects for this 194-unit condominium building is all exterior façade, all interior design, roof garden, and landscape design. The base mass provided by client was a maximized volume governed by typical residential block regulations – FAR, lot coverage, height limit, setback limit, dormer, etc. 
The façade is realized as an architecture of two fabrics, separated into the lower half and the upper half. The lower half is a tricolor brick wall, recalling the mosaic linearity of Brooklyn townhouses neighboring side by side. Each brick wall is divided by a dark metal reveal, and every double-story window is projected with an aluminum frame. Private balconies, also of metal, extrude spontaneously from the grid work spanning the bottom façade. What emerges is a new revolution of the everyday brick building.
The upper half introduces another language of façade design. Clad in precast concrete, the upper half is ornamented in a weaving of concrete panels, further emphasized by the panels' variation in color and in size. The top of each weave is angled to avoid snow accumulation, and the sides are angled to maximize the view to the street. Its craft altogether is a craft as well of a new wall type.
Construction is under way.