New York, NY | 145,464 sq ft. | 2014
The Colliers Printing House building in the Meatpacking District in New York City has street frontage on both West 13th Street and Little West 12th Street and over 140,000 square feet of interior space. The renovation of the Colliers building was the first application for work in a newly designated historic district and, as such, it generated quite a bit of attention at the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The building is arguably the most elegant in the district and it was important to all involved that the renovation / restoration be sympathetic to the concerns of the district, respectful of the history of the building and supportive of its new purpose. The Owner's program has been to develop the building as a vibrant business and cultural hub, providing office and studio space on the upper floors with retail spaces at the street level. The existing building has three central lobbies with no street access to individual spaces. The challenge was to create individual entries for retail spaces while being sensitive to the existing window configuration. There is a grade change along the length of the building on both facades creating the need for entry stairs. EOA’s solution was to open the existing window bays more extensively to the street by extending the sills to the datum of the interior floor level, creating a full floor to ceiling opening. The window details were carefully reproduced using an aluminum window system to replace the rotted wooden system. The entries to each space were clearly articulated by recessing the doorways and framing them in an aluminum box, providing a location for subtle lighting and a crisp, modern element within the mullioned facade. Stairs were constructed to accommodate the sloping sidewalk and raised slab of the first floor. The street level is now occupied by restaurants and retail stores while the floors above hold various creative companies such as Rag & Bone design studios and production offices, also designed by EOA. EOA is currently designing a rooftop collection of studio spaces clustered around various outdoor gathering spaces while also extending both the passenger and freight elevators to this level.