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Work starts on Adjaye's affordable homes in Harlem

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Construction has started on Adjaye Associates’ 124-home Sugar Hill affordable housing scheme in Harlem, New York

The £50 million, 13-storey residential project will sit above an early education centre for 100 pre-school children and their families and the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling

Due to complete in late 2013, the development for Broadway Housing Communities has been described as a ‘dark slab’ crowing a 23m-tall, glass-and-terrazzo base.

According to the practice, the development ‘steps back at the ninth floor to create a 3m-terrace and cantilever on opposite sides’ and will feature rose embossed pre-cast panels.

David Adjaye said: ‘Sugar Hill represents a new social engagement, which is at the heart of my practice. It is a symbol of regeneration for the community of Harlem that will integrate housing with a cultural and educational element - this is a real reinvention of the traditional model and I am thrilled to see the project break ground.’

Adjaye Associates’ Sugar Hill affordable housing scheme breaks ground today at a ceremony attended by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, community representatives, benefactors, elected officials and city and state commissioners (July 2012).

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