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11-19 Jane Street by David Chipperfield

David Chipperfield designs red concrete and brick apartment block for New York

British practice David Chipperfield Architects has realised 11-19 Jane Street, an apartment building in New York with a ruddy-hued facade of brick and coloured concrete.

The new six-storey building, which replaces a parking garage that dated from the 1920s, is located in the city's Greenwich Village neighbourhood.

11-19 Jane Street in New York
11-19 Jane Street is in Greenwich Village

To complement the mix of 19th and 20th-century buildings that bracket it, David Chipperfield Architects designed a twist on traditional townhouse facades for 11-19 Jane Street.

At ground level, the block is given a bold and contemporary feel with a wall of red-pigmented concrete. The same red concrete appears on lintels and mullions on the upper levels.

Red brick and coloured concrete facade of an apartment building
The apartment building has a red brick and concrete facade

The modern concrete is tempered by the more traditional Roman bricks that clad the upper floors. These long, narrow bricks create texture and bands of striated colour across the building's face.

At ground level, recessed entrances at both ends lead to the duplex townhouses that occupy the lower floors. A central opening provides access to the other apartments and the basement parking garage.

Pigmented red concrete of 11-19 Jane Street by David Chipperfield Architects
Red concrete and bronze railings define the exterior

Different window and door styles denote the mix of apartment types within the block. The two-storey townhouses have balconied French windows, while the lateral apartments above have broader windows defined by the red concrete mullions.

A red concrete penthouse occupies the top floor, slightly set back from the street, with large windows overlooking a garden.

Roman brick and red concrete of 11-19 Jane Street
Long slender bricks and coloured concrete mullions at 11-19 Jane Street

Balcony and door railings are made from dark bronze, to complement the ruddy exterior materials. Inside, the communal areas have floors made of terrazzo.

For the individual apartments, David Chipperfield Architects selected natural oak floors and clad the bathroom walls with Carrara marble.

Belgian landscape architect Peter Wirtz designed both the roof terrace and a garden space behind the apartment block.

Peter Wirtz did the landscape gardening for the apartments
A garden designed by Peter Wirtz

British architect David Chipperfield, who founded his architecture practice in 1985, is a recipient of both the RIBA Gold Medal and the Sterling Prize.

In his appearance on Dezeen's Face to Face podcast series, Chipperfield discussed the changing role of architects in society during the twin crises of housing and climate. "Architects used to work for the common good and now we work for the market," he said. "So I think that this crisis is forcing everybody to rethink things that we fundamentally believe."

Recent projects in New York City by his firm include the Rolex headquarters on the corner of 5th Avenue and a residential tower in midtown Manhattan called The Byrant.

Photography is by James Ewing/JBSA.

Project credits:

Client: Edward J. Minskoff Equities
Architect: David Chipperfield Architects
Directors in charge: David Chipperfield, Billy Prendergast
Project architect: Gonçalo Baptista, Mattias Kunz, Peter Jurschitzka
Project team: Gabriel Fernandez, Clemens Gerritzen, Johannes Leskien, Mattia Lusignani, Ana Martins, Francis Naydler,
Tobias Rabold, Martin Reynolds
Landscape architect: Wirtz International
Lighting: Arup
Contact architect: Montroy Andersen
Structural engineer: DeMarco Ysrael A. Seinuk
MEP: Buro Happold
Building envelope: Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
Civil engineer: Philip Habib & Associates
LPC consultant: Higgins Quasebarth & Partners
Construction: Sciame Construction3
Project manager: EJME

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