Nothing offers as spectacular a view of the Hudson River as Manhattan‘s prized Riverside Drive. The Riverside Drive Penthouse is a pop-up addition to a stately prewar building. Agencie completed the Penthouse with one of our most committed, hands-on, hard-working clients ever. The inventive detailing is a testament to the Client’s loyalty to the design “idea” and his intensive collaboration with our team.
Expansions atop historic landmarked buildings in New York City are a strategic way to enhance the use and value of those real estate assets. The architectural ambitions for these enlargements, as you might expect, need to be reconciled with City regulations, budgets, and timelines. Still, with patience and calculated guidance, the results are almost always worth the effort. Agencie recently completed such an addition atop two contiguous landmarked co-ops off Riverside Drive in the Upper West Side. This project featured creative engineering and design to strengthen the existing walls. In addition, the project included a zoning lot merger, purchase of roof rights, community group buy-in efforts, and deep dives into material properties and performance to meet the Owner’s exciting and particular requirements.
The result of all this work is a penthouse enlargement that compliments the original massing of the landmarked building while distinguishing itself as a modern addition, articulated as a solarium and patinaed enclosure. The resultant living areas provide an exciting amenity for the wonderful family that will hopefully occupy this space for years.
Andrés Cortés, AIA
Sarrah Khan, PE
Nuria Forques Puigcerver