plans for new cast iron tribeca penthouses by shigeru ban released plans for new cast iron tribeca penthouses by shigeru ban released
jan 19, 2014

plans for new cast iron tribeca penthouses by shigeru ban released

architectural visualizers hayes davidson have just released two renderings of shigeru ban’s new penthouse additions to the top of the cast iron house in new york’s tribeca neighborhood. ban has been commissioned to design not only the rooftop additions, but also the entire interior as it is converted into condominiums. the white structure will featured a network of vierendeel trusses that afford large open voids in the structure, and a cantilever that allows glass panels below to open the bottom level entirely to the rooftop’s exterior and the new york skyline.

glass panels slide open to connect the bottom level with the exterior
image © hayes davidson (also main image)



according to dean maltz, a managing principle at shigeru ban architects, the project has been conceived as a ‘ship within a bottle’. ‘the skin of the building is the bottle, while the interior, which has been completely reconfigured to create 11 duplex apartments, is the ship,’ explains maltz. each unit will contain a double-height living room area and will range anywhere from 2,850 to 4,890 square feet and $12 to 15 million USD.





  • This design is an unliveable fantasy. I live in a ‘top floor’ loft in Soho and love it. We have a 37 foot long balcony that we enjoy maybe 5 months of the year (at most). Other months are too hot or too cold. It is my ‘garden’ and I brave the elements to keep my garden growing. We have floor to ceiling doors that we keep open when we can but again, it is often too hot, too cold, or the wind blows dust and dirt inside. We are surrounded by buildings that have roof terraces and they are rarely used for the same reasons. No one who has lived in downtown Manhattan could rationally design something like this except to show off something that will never be enjoyed as planned. A functionally ridiculous design.

    TerryO says:
  • Let me guess; the new owner really likes the factory building in the background of this rendering and Architect Ban needed the work? Fortunately it won’t be seen from the street 🙂

    Rich says:
  • Thanks TerryO, you could have left it at the first sentence, show off.

    Chapmaniac says:
  • Chapmaniac: Sure, we don’t really need to hear about the length of the balcony and I agree it’s in somewhat bad form, but it’s also an interesting point of view. And really, what would you expect from someone who lives like that? I still remember when I lived in NY while working for Dean (go figure) and was relatively new to the city. I was walking down one of the streets near the office on the way to work when a gust of windy swiftly deposited a bunch of detritus directly into my eye. Needless to say, from that moment whenever I felt a gust of wind pick up I looked down! Having said that, I’d be surprised if the debris was as active at high level, but stranger things have happened.

    DT says:
  • Thanks, TerryO, for your detailed description. You’re right: this rendering is pure hooey. For the past three days it’s been -10 degrees C. in Manhattan with winds of 10-20 knots: perfect for an intimate cocktail party on an open terrace.
    (Chapmanaic apparently prefers his info tweet-size. One value of this forum is that it accommodates longer responses. That is not showing off. It’s thinking and writing.)

    Mort d'Urban says:

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