S9 Architecture Selected Projects #2

History and Culture of S9 Architecture

S9 Architecture is a team of 70 designers dedicated to giving form to our client’s pragmatic needs, with a unique design approach rooted in “modern contextualism” and inspired by urban narratives. Rejecting pre-conceived ideas and stylistic preoccupations, each design solution is informed by programmatic, physical, environmental, economic and contextual forces.  They believe their projects are part of a larger whole, acting as glue that helps bind and enhance their context for human experiences.

Their design narratives include projects of all sizes, programs and complexities. Each project is unique to its context and it’s environment. They collaborate with our clients to understand their vision and goals, and utilize their design approach to achieve this through buildings and places that strengthen and improve the urban and human experience.

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S9 Architecture sought to celebrate New York City’s venerable and varied architectural precedents with the building’s design. 111 Varick’s stepped massing evokes the classic setbacks found on Gotham’s early skyscrapers, while the facade stylishly reinterprets the industrial aesthetic of the loft buildings nearby. The gridded fenestration pattern and a palette of industrially-inspired materials such as glass and blackened steel echoes the buildings in the surrounding vicinity.

The use of sculptural elements in dark, pre-cast concrete adds a dimensional aspect to the grid, creating an undulating surface that captures the interplay of light and shadow. The site’s prominent corner location on a public plaza allows unobstructed street-level vantages of the building’s traditional form, cloaked within this dynamically textured facade.

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As you scroll through the following three projects they have created, consider all of these design techniques and ideas they have implemented.

S9 Architecture‘s Selected Projects

111 VARICK. New York

CLIENT: Robal Arlington, joint venture with Madigan Development. SCOPE OF WORK: architecture. LOCATION: 111 Varick. New York, NY. STATUS: design. PROGRAM: residential.

111 Varick signals the next phase for Manhattan’s Hudson Square, transforming this once industrial neighborhood into a residential enclave on the westernmost boundary of SoHo. This 27-story, 108,000-sf building for developer Lou Madigan brings a mix of 100 affordable and market-rate rental units to this former commercial district, and is pursuing LEED Silver certification. On the ground floor, 1,667 sf of retail space with prime corner frontage activates a pedestrian-friendly streetscape, and nearby Freeman Plaza provides a series of renovated public greenspaces for congregation and recreation. Residents will enjoy protected, unobstructed views across the Hudson River, as well as dramatic vistas of Downtown and Midtown Manhattan. 111 Varick breathes vibrancy into what was once a manufacturing and commercial area, establishing a 24-hour neighborhood where SoHo and TriBeCa meet Greenwich Village.

S9 Architecture took a contextual approach to design that enables 111 Varick to resonate with the industrial character of Hudson Square’s existing architecture. This sensitive transformation turns a former parking garage in a pedestrian-prohibitive zone into a luxury residential tower that’s fully integrated within the surrounding urban fabric. Together with Renzo Piano’s 565 Broome and The Dominick hotel, 111 Varick rises to etch a new skyline above the western side of Manhattan.

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CLIENT: Fisher Development. SCOPE OF WORK: architecture, interior design. SIZE: 662,000 SF. LOCATION: 33 Park View Ave, Jersey City, NJ . STATUS: Built. PROGRAM: residential.

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CLIENT: Cammeby’s Management Co. SCOPE OF WORK: architecture. LOCATION: Sheepshead Bay Road and Neptune Avenue. Brooklyn, NY. STATUS: built. PROGRAM: office.

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