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Big Plans for 372 Lafayette Street

372 Lafayette Street

Architect Morris Adjmi has big plans in store for the corner of Lafayette & Great Jones Streets in NoHo. This afternoon, the Landmarks Preservation Commission will be weighing in on his proposed new six-story apartment building at No. 372 Lafayette Street.

Proposed building at 372 Lafayette Street

The proposed building would be constructed primarily of aluminum and would contain rental apartment units. Here’s a rendering from the front:

North elevation

From the side:

East elevation

And from the back:

South elevation

More details and additional renderings can be found on our Landmarks Applications Webpage.

This is not the first time the Commission has seen a proposal for this site. In 2006, architect David Wallance was granted approval by the Commission for a six-story building made of shipping containers. This building was never constructed.

David Wallance's proposal for the site

We’ll be covering today’s hearing, and will provide an update afterward. Be sure to check back to find out how the Commission votes!

Post-hearing update: After reviewing the proposal at today’s hearing, the Commission decided not to vote on the application, but instead asked the applicant to return at a later date with revisions. In general, the Commissioners thought that the size and massing were fine, but as compared to Adjmi’s other projects, this was “safe but disappointing.” They thought that more could be done to break up the monotony of the side (Lafayette Street) facade, and that the architect should be taking more risks with other details including the storefront and canopy, which they thought looked “generic” and “like an afterthought.” For now, it’s back to the drawing board until the design team has made changes and is ready to present them to the Commission. Be sure to follow our Landmarks Applications Webpage to find out when that is scheduled.

4 responses to “Big Plans for 372 Lafayette Street

  1. I like it. It is respectful of the surroundings which a lot of architecture isn’t. Yet the materials are modern. It gets a thumbs up.

  2. Do they HAVE to be so freaking ugly? I find it hard to believe that professional architects were needed for such tepid, mediocre shoe-boxes. Why can’t it be a requirement that the new designs harmonize with the neighborhood aesthetic. Glass & aluminum boxes are fine in midtown, though still pretty shabby looking, but older neighborhoods should require buildings that look like appropriate.

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