406 Lorimer street

Project Manager/Designer
Robert M. Scarano, jr.
Completion Date
November 2005

Using art as a benchmark for the fa栤e, the building’s varied materials and seemingly random patterning of windows gives it a “Mondrianic” appearance.

Masonry and light gage steel construction, supplemented by Multi-height ceilings on the second and third floors give the apartments a loft-like feeling.

The design started off with studies of volumes shifted and rearranged like building blocks. The task of assigning materials came next. Four different materials were used: glass and aluminum, which gave it the sharp and light look. Wood panels are used to balance the cool look of aluminum with the inherent warmth of dark wood. Gray stucco anchors the building on the site.

The proportions and arrangement of the different materials allow them to coexist, and contribute to the articulation of the volumes, which is also achieved through required setbacks that create separation through depth.

In many cases, the solid “cubes” were elevated or split to reveal glass behind, like gates that open, and which can be closed again at any moment.

The result is a very dynamic structure that engages the eye to follow its volumes around the building.