Studio: Dieguez Fridman
Project: 44th Drive
Location: New York, USA
Year: work in progress
Credit: Dieguez Fridman
This project is located in Long Island City, New York, the district right across the East River from Midtown Manhattan. This neighborhood, which was once home to factories and bakeries, is undergoing a fast residential growth and transformation. It has now a high concentration of art galleries and institutions, and art studio space.
The site on 44th Drive –one of the widest avenues in the district- is located only two blocks away from the river coast. This allows for interesting diagonal views from the site to the Manhattan skyline. A creative re-interpretation of the planning code regulations concerning setbacks and dormers opened the game to take advantage of the site potential. Through diagonal cuts in the building massing, the project generates terraces and openings that cascade to the west and offer views of the dramatic Midtown skyline. The massing design follows precise rules that determine its form: larger units are located on the on the top floors; living rooms in the larger units have one diagonal wall that looks West towards Manhattan and opens to a terrace; each of these terraces belongs to only one unit to secure privacy.
The metal vertical sunshades guarantee the apartments intimacy from street views. From an urban perspective, they establish a link between the building, the industrial character of the neighborhood, and the railway bridges and stations that surround the site.