Work is nearing completion on Adjaye Associates £50million, 124-home Sugar Hill affordable housing scheme in Harlem, New York
The scheme is the first of a number of high-profile American projects David Adjaye’s practice is set to complete in the coming years. The practice’s contest-winning design for the National Museum of African American History and Culture is due to open in 2016 and the firm is also working on an arts centre for Colgate University in New York.
As well as flats, the 13-storey Harlem scheme includes a children’s museum and pre-school at ground and first floor levels. The 1,675m2 Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling contains exhibition and performance spaces and a studio for an artist-in-residence.
The building steps back at the ninth storey creating a 3m terrace and cantilever at opposite sides.
Clad in rose embossed graphite-tinted pre-cast panels, the building pays tribute to the culture and history of Harlem, referencing the surrounding houses which sit within the area’s ‘heritage rose’ district.
Location Harlem, New York
Type of project affordable housing
Client Broadway Housing Communities
Architect David Adjaye Architects
Architect of record SLCE Architects
Main contractor Mountco Construction and Development
Landscape architect Rader + Crews
Structural engineer Ysrael A. Seinuk
M&E engineer Rodkin Cardinale
Façade consultant Israel Berger & Associates
LEED consultant Steve Winters Associates
Start on site date May 2012
Completion date June 2014
Gross internal floor area 17,745m²
Total cost $59.2million
Specific environmental target LEED Silver
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Work starts on Adjaye’s affordable homes in Harlem
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.’