Morris Adjmi Morris Adjmi Architects

520 West 20th Street

This commercial office building, located just off the High Line in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, bridges the past and the present with a contemporary steel-framed addition that appears to hover above a renovated brick warehouse. The exterior of the old manufacturing building has been preserved as a reminder of the renowned art district’s industrial history, with patches of discolored bricks and faded advertisements left intact. Inside, its original concrete, brick, and timber elements remain, as do the generous factory ceilings, to imbue the new office spaces with a similar historic resonance. At street level, the spacious loading docks have been transformed into spacious  gallery spaces to contribute to the neighborhood’s vibrant arts scene. The bridge-like addition is respectfully set apart from the original structure, separated by a versatile glass-enclosed space and supported by two vertical cores derived from existing industrial elevators. Its bold, cantilevered-form houses contemporary office space as a minimalist alternative the post-industrial spaces below.

85,000 sf
Seven stories
New York, NY
2018

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