The architecture of 75 Kenmare is about the fundamentals of materiality, solidity, and proportional clarity. Its poetic concrete facade is made out of the simplest of materials and executed with imaginative detailing to create a building with a timeless and robust presence.
Sitting at the bustling pedestrian thoroughfare of Kenmare and Mulberry, in the very heart of NoLita ― at the junction of Soho, NoHo, the Lower East Side, and Little Italy ― the 83,000 square foot residential building offers 38 apartments ranging in size from 600 to 3,000 square feet.
▼建筑外观，exterior view © Scott Frances
▼入口立面， entrance facade © Scott Frances
项目团队着眼于建筑与其所在地区的物理和文化关系，通过对材料的精心挑选将其融入到社区的肌理当中。建筑的体量与社区的尺度形成了和谐的呼应，同时，具有独特肌理的混凝土外墙又使其从周围的环境中脱颖而出。虽然混凝土对于当代城市的住宅楼而言并非一个十分普遍的选择，但简单的成分使其可以被浇筑成任何形状、形式和颜色，从而能够将该区域真实而质朴的环境以及丰富的历史投射在一个具有强烈“原始感”的立面上。设计的灵感源于一些生活在当地的艺术家的作品（如Donald Judd），以及阿尔瓦罗·西扎和拉斐尔·莫内欧（Rafael Moneo）的建筑所展现的纯粹性和光线的雕刻感。
At 75 Kenmare, Kikoski addresses the building’s physical and cultural relationship to the area, the careful selection of construction materials, and the challenge of creating a new vision for a residential building knit into the very fabric of a neighborhood ― and resolves them all with deeply engaging and enduring architecture. The building’s massing speaks to the scale of the neighborhood while contrasting with its surroundings through a distinctly detailed concrete facade. While concrete is not a conventional or common choice for a contemporary urban residential building, it’s humble ingredients can be cast into any shape, form, or color ― mapping the gritty residue of this authentic area and its rich history onto a highly original facade. The building takes inspiration from sources such as the work of Donald Judd, who lived in the area, and the pure materiality and sculpted light qualities seen in the architecture of Álvaro Siza and Rafael Moneo.
▼街区视角，view from the neighborhood © Scott Frances
▼混凝土立面细节，concrete facade detailed view © Scott Frances
事务所创始人和负责人Andre Kikosk表示：“混凝土是75 Kenmare项目的完美选择，其固有的可塑性能够帮助我们塑造出简单的线性凹槽形式，使其随着建筑高度的上升呈现出起伏的感觉。这些混凝土单元的线条和平面能够起到控制和调节光线的作用。凹凸不平的轮廓使得建筑的表皮与光影持续产生互动，在不同的时间点展现出不同的美感，从而为路人们带来充满诗意和愉悦的感觉。
“Concrete is the perfect selection for 75 Kenmare. It is inherently malleable allowing us to render simple linear channel-like forms that move in and out of their facade as they rise the vertical height of the building. With deceptive simplicity, each line and plane of the concrete is placed to modulate the shifting sunlight. These variations of negative and positive form make space in the skin of the building for the play of light and the ephemeral beauty of shade and shadow, creating a sense of poetry and joy for all who pass by,” says Andre Kikoski, AIA the founder and principal.
▼凹凸不平的轮廓使得建筑的表皮与光影持续产生互动 © Scott Frances
The variations of negative and positive form of the facade make space in the skin of the building for the play of light
Inherent in the architecture is a commitment to creating a building that actively participates in the life of the neighborhood. Sited on a prominent corner and adjacent to a public park, the massing of the building is organized to create six extensively windowed facades and an abundantly planted second-floor meditative garden that flows visually and spatially into the public park. This strategy makes softly-edged and generously permeable spaces that generate engaging views throughout and within the neighborhood and the building. The multi-story bronze window frames set into the concrete skin respond to the proportions and architectural language of NoLita, and give the building an inviting human scale.
▼望向二层的冥想花园，view towards the second-floor meditative garden © Scott Frances
▼转角处立面细节，facade detailed view at the street corner © Scott Frances
Above all, 75 Kenmare emphasizes a life that is part of the neighborhood rather than enclosed in privatized amenities. The entry to the building gives generously to passers-by with an ample canopy extending above and a planted vertical garden wall that brings nature onto the street. A detailed vitrine-like lobby is fronted with a wall of glass. Around the corner, a landscaped second-floor garden terrace cascades to the park below to offer a lush continuity with the public spaces of the neighborhood.
▼大楼的入口向路人敞开，其上方设有一个向上抬起的宽阔顶篷 © Scott Frances
the entry to the building gives generously to passers-by with an ample canopy
The apartments inside are laid out in an open loft – a living style that originated in the area during the early 1960s. Additional resident facilities include a planted rooftop garden and a gym.
▼顶层公寓，interior view – Penthouse © Gianni Franchellucci
▼顶层公寓卧室，interior view – bedroom © Gianni Franchellucci
▼公寓内景，interior view © Pavel Bendov
75 Kenmare项目体现了事务所致力于打造与环境密切相融的建筑的愿景。对于建筑师Andre Kikoski而言，建筑应当同时具备永恒性、新颖性，并且与人们的感官产生互动，带来视觉和精神上的双重愉悦。更加重要的是，它们还需传达场所感和强烈的社区意识。在城市、自然与文化的交汇口，75 Kenmare的存在体现了一种对社区的回馈。它是一座即时性的地标，也是一封写给城市的情书。
75 Kenmare is indicative of AKA’s commitment to crafting architecture that is both generous to its surroundings and inseparable from its context. For Andre Kikoski, buildings must be timeless and new, engage the senses, delight the eye and lift the spirit of all. Above all else, they must have a sense of place and build a strong sense of community. At a crossroads for the city and nature and culture, 75 Kenmare gives back to the neighborhood. It is an instant landmark and a love letter to the city.
▼立面局部，facade partial view © Scott Frances
Area: 83,188 SF
Site area: 11,362 SF
Client: DHA Capital
Completion date: Fall 2020
Architect: Andre Kikoski
Interior Designer: Kravitz Design
Landscape Design: Future Green Studio
MEP: 2L Consulting Engineering
Structural Engineer: McNamara Salvia