One Great Jones Alley

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Residential Architecture
Firm LocationNew York, United States
CompanyBKSK Architects
Lead ArchitectGeorge Schieferdecker
Design TeamBKSK Interiors – interior architecture and design; OLA Consulting Engineers – MEP/FP; Mueser Rutledge – geotechnical; Weidlinger/Thornton Tomasetti – structural & civil; HM White – landscape; Brian Orter Lighting Design – lighting; Wallover Architects – thermal baths; IROS Elevator Design elevator; James R. Gainfort AIA Consulting Architects – façade consultant; Vista Architectural Products – building envelope consultant; Boston Valley Terra Cotta – terra cotta consultant; Ryder Construction – pre-construction; Noble Construction Management Corp. – construction management; Lewis S. Goodfriend & Associates – acoustical; Christine Jetten – terra cotta glaze artist
ClientMadison Realty Capital

One Great Jones Alley is a 12-story mixed-use
residential development in NYC’s NoHo Historic
District. Its primary façade on Broadway
features an innovative terra-cotta screen that
honors the rich masonry and cast-iron
traditions of its context, yet is unabashedly
modern. The custom glaze and asymmetrical form
of the terra cotta are an expression of modern
craft reinventing this historic material.

In contrast to the historical, contemporary,
finished facade along Broadway, the main
residential entrance from Great Jones Alley
features naturally oxidizing Corten steel, a
cobblestone driveway, and a green wall – an
homage to the more industrial grittiness of
NoHo’s past. In the lobby, the material
vocabulary merges the urbane and the gritty
through the use of stone, wood, ceramics, and
glass. A glass-enclosed, light-filled stair
inside the main lobby entrance connects the
unique shared amenities of the building; a
2nd-floor raised courtyard garden, a rotating
gallery of art in the lobby, and a tranquil
subterranean thermal spa.

The residential interiors are an extension of
the architecture. The individual units’
interior palette of materials, lighting, and
finishes sets the stage for powerful views of
the historic context. The bedrooms and
bathrooms offer rich wood, warmer metals, and
light reflective stone.