Hive Mind: Morris Adjmi Loves His Alien Additions
Matt Chaban Nov. 17, 2010, 1:24 p.m.
Yesterday was indeed a busy one at the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Not only were Paul Rudolph and Robert De Niro there, but so was Morris Adjmi, defending yet another wild addition to one of the city’s historic buildings.
Last week it was that torquing High Line neighbor at 837 Washington Street, which the commissioners turned down, saying they liked the design but thought it was too big. The same thing happened last year on another of his projects, 33 West 19th Street, where Adjmi was sent away for proposing a rather staid five-story addition to an existing six-story loft building.
This time, he has sexed up the design but also shortened it, offering up a much brasher, two-story honeycomb that got a thumbs up from the commission. Curbed notes that “a sloping face of honeycomb will rise, covered in hexagonal panes echoing the shape of shingles seen on Empire-era rooftops throughout the landmarked district.” That would be the Lady’s Mile Historic District, just north of Union Square. Curbed also has some more renderings, too.