Gerken Residence
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Young Projects, 2015

The Gerken Residence is 6,000 interior square feet occupying the 13th and 14th floors and 1,500 square feet of roof garden in a historic Tribeca building. The renovation explores shifting relationships of solid and void through the interplay of three nested prisms. At the entrance to the loft, a massive courtyard cut opens to the sky and city and introduces a pocket of landscape into the public spaces of the home. This initial void is subsequently revealed to be bounded by a larger cut through the 14th floor, positioning the courtyard as a floating glass mass bridging the east and west sides of the plan, and opening the section between floors. The larger cut also exposes the existing building core as a monolithic mass that grounds the choreography of void and solid dancing around it. This core is clad in custom pulled plaster panels, a technique developed through the controlled collision of a centuries-old fabrication technique with contemporary digital design language.

The project has been recognized with numerous awards and publications including the Architect's Newspaper "Best of Design" and Azure Magazine's "Best Interior Product" for the pulled plaster panels. A video feature from NBC's Open House can be seen at:

Saturday Tour Info: OpenDialogue tours with architects from Young Projects will last approximately 30 min.
Access Notes: All guests must remove their shoes before entering the residence.

This site is part of the special series New Practices New York, highlighting emerging practices to explore how a new generation of designers is transforming the city. Click here to read more and see the full list of participating sites.


Reservations for this tour are now sold out. Interested in exploring contemporary private residences ? You may also enjoy the Clifton Residence, which makes extensive use of reclaimed wood, and requires no reservations! Click on the site’s name to check out its Open Access listing.


Image credit: Naho Kubota