A Condo Grows at 83 Walker Street: A Peek
Jim Hanas June 15, 2011, 5:49 p.m.
Way under the radar, a lovely new Tribeca condo is growing at 83 Walker Street and The Observer has caught an initial peek.
The new nine-story building by Brooklyn developer Abra has just received a unanimous go-ahead from the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
“It’s a beautiful Tribeca building with a twist,” said architect Morris Adjmi. “It’s an inversion of a cast iron building … It really informs us about the nature of a cast iron building: Originally, they were built from components that were ordered from catalogs.”
Mr. Adjmi creates his unusual inversion by casting a glass-reinforced concrete that is the opposite of the typical Tribeca facade. Instead of columns curving out from the building, they are indented into it. The windows, typically recessed, jut out from facade. It is as though the building across the street had been pressed against this one while it was still drying.
The development still needs approval from the City Planning Commission, but after that construction is slated to begin in around nine months.
“Designing a building in context makes for very special buildings,” said Mr. Adjmi. “That definitely proved to be true.”