E126
EAST 126
type: COMMISSION
client: BLUMENFELD DEVELOPMENT GROUP
collaborators: THORNTON TOMASETTI, LANGAN ENGINEERING, COSENTINI ASSOCIATES, MILROSE CONSULTANTS, ECKERSLEY O’CALLAGHAN, VAN DEUSEN ASSOCIATES, JAFFE HOLDEN, FOX ROTHSCHILD, ZDG, TRACE POOL DESIGN, BLOOM, STEVEN WINTERS, ROBERT SCHWARTZ
size: 26000 M2
location: NEW YORK CITY, USA
status: UNDER CONSTRUCTION
awards:
Partners in Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen, Beat Schenk, Kai-Uwe Bergmann
Project Leader: Michelle Stromsta, Lucio Santos
Project Leader, Interiors: Francesca Portesine, Rita Sio
Team : Adrien Mans, Agne Rapkeviciute, Annette Miller, Ava Nourbaran, Ben Caldwell, Benjamin DiNapoli, Chi Chi Lin, Daniele Pronesti, Deborah Campbell, Dennis Harvey, Douglass Alligood, Elena Bresciani, Eva Maria Mikkelsen, Everald Colas, Gabriel Hernandez Solano, Iannis Kandyliaris, Jan Leenknegt, Jennifer Ng, Jennifer Phan, Jennifer Wood, Jeremy Babel, John Kim, Jose Jimenez, Julie Kaufman, Julien Beauchamp-Roy, Kurt Nieminen, Lina Bondarenko, Mark Rakhmanov, Quentin Stanton, Sarah Habib, Taylor Fulton, Terrence Chew, Terry Lallak, Valentina Mele, Wells Barber, Wojciech Swarowski, Yaziel Juarbe, Yoanna Shivarova

Bridging Harlem’s active 125th Street corridor and the quieter setting of 126th Street, East 126 will contribute a mix of private and public space to the neighborhood. Commercial program is offered at the street level and first floor of the existing Gotham Plaza commercial building to enliven 126th street. To further encourage community engagement, a connection between the two city streets have been provided through a retail space and two-storey gallery in this new building.


East 126’s unique T-shaped footprint offers a diverse set of unit sizes and layout organizations. This third wing of the building appears to hover over the existing commercial building from 125th Street, creating a dynamic component to the evolving Harlem streetscape. Along 126th Street the building’s facade gently slopes inwards as it rises upwards, deviating from the hard, linear street edge in an elegant gesture. While this architectural move keeps the building form contained within the allowable zoning envelope, it also enables the residential street to have more direct sunlight. The use of an interlocking checkerboard pattern facade panel system allows for floor-to-ceiling windows in each unit, creating exciting views of the city for the tenants. The building draws its form from context, shaping itself to its surroundings, and offering a new energy to the already exciting neighborhood.

 

The interior collective program for residents incorporates a fitness center, lounge, and workspace which overlooks the two-storey gallery space. Above the existing commercial building, apartments are offered expansive southern views over Harlem towards Central Park and the East River. Rooftop amenities include feature pools and decks surrounded by a shaped landscape features provide different social spaces for various types of social activities gatherings.