CLEAN AND SIMPLE The interiors of the One Jackson Square penthouse are an elegant, understated backdrop for the natural beauty of Jackson Square Park.
The firm refers to One Jackson Square’s design concept as “organic modernism.” It includes a series of landscaped terraces outside and a wobbly glass exterior that has very little precedent in modern architecture. “We wanted glass, but we also wanted to avoid the appearance of an office building,” says Tesch. “So we staggered the glass so it reads differently depending on whether it’s the morning, afternoon, or evening.”
URBAN OASIS All of the duplex apartments have private southwestfacing terraces with Ipe wood decking.
“We didn’t prefer to think of the Village as a museum; we didn’t see any reason to copy the existing typologies and patterns of the architecture there,” he continues. “We thought of the Village more as a living organism that we were adding a 21st century addition to.”
INTERIOR PHOTOS: MICHAEL MORAN; EXTERIOR PHOTO: PAUL RIVERA
In order to accommodate zoning requirements, the structure drops down from eleven stories to seven stories in the center. KPF saw it as an opportunity to mix objectives within one building. “We wanted to relate the lower floors to the street level so that they would seem to blend with the park,” says Tesch. “The middle floors we oriented to the rooflines of the Village. And for the tower apartments, which have 360-degree views, it was about relating it to the skyline of the entire city. So there’s a nice scale as you rise the stack of the building.” Gorgeous and progressive as the building is—to say nothing of the 6,000-square-foot penthouse that occupies the top two floors—One Jackson Square is nothing too far out of the ordinary for KPF. Founded in 1976, it’s now one of the most preeminent architectural firms on the globe. Its staff of more than 500 (70 of whom are LEED-accredited architects) have overseen projects in 35 different countries. In New York alone, KPF is a part of such high-profile projects as the Hudson Yards master plan and renovations to the Museum of Modern Art. “We did the World Financial Center in Shanghai, too, which was the world’s tallest building at the time,” says Pedersen. “That was a real high rise. With Jackson Square, we saw a neighborhood—Greenwich Village—where exceptional buildings had come together in the past and should continue to come together moving forward.”
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