This six-story building on 62 Wooster Street in SoHo features retail on the ground floor with luxury condominiums from the second floor up. Marin Architects worked with COOKFOX Architects to realize this project.
When the site was first viewed, it was completely untouched, and many of the manufacturing or factory warehouse elements were intact. To complete the project, Marin Architects coordinated documents between the Department of Buildings, New York City Planning Commission, NYC Landmark Preservation Commission, NYC Office of Environmental Remediation, and the Office of the NYS Attorney General. Marin Architects got involved in 2012 and received approval for the renovation application in 2014.
With entrances on Wooster and Broome street, the L-shaped building posed a distinct challenge because of its unique orientation and age. During the initial walk-through, Marin Architects noticed that the building had settled as much as nine inches from the center of the structure. The cast iron and heavy timber construction needed substantial reinforcing to account for foundation settlement. The foundation structure was required to support the addition of a penthouse which meant additional structural calculations and design. However, the one-of-a-kind design allowed for two independent ground-floor retail shops and multiple residential units per floor. The architects maintained the wooden-beamed ceilings to keep the historical look and stabilize and level the building while maintaining the signature SoHo loft appearance. Additionally, the ceiling wood beams had a sealant added to make them fireproof and fully compliant.
Per the layout they designed, the second and third floors have two apartments, the fourth and fifth floors have one, and the sixth floor is attached to the seventh floor penthouse. A skylight that goes through the back of the L-shape, which was originally meant to allow ample light for the factory workers. Marin Architects restored that element, and now it has a new life. The team also carried out a massive restoration of the facades, and they had experts scrape and clean the two frontages to make the building look completely refreshed for the new high-end residents. On the rooftop, luxury amenities were included, such as a lap pool that runs along the Broome Street side, as well as a sizable recreation space with lush greenery.