Timber in the City NYC
Stack Exchange celebrates the vitality and multidimensional community of the Lower East Side by referencing historical building tradition and urban context, integrating with transportation infrastructure, and advancing mass timber construction. By stacking housing similar to the lumber drying process, voids are created to allow for daylight, ventilation, and private and semiprivate amenity spaces. By connecting to the Williamsburg Bridge, Delancey Underground, and the subway, neighborhood residents and visitors from other boroughs are encouraged to engage with the site, Essex Street Market, and Andy Warhol Museum. Massing is comprised of stacked bars with voids between. Areas of double- and triple- height spaces contain the public program on ground floor. The expanded Essex Street Market is located on the western block where flexible market stalls are surrounded by permanent vendors. Half of the market is unconditioned and serves as a through block connection to the pedestrian-oriented Norfolk Street. The Andy Warhol Museum is on the eastern block and connects to the subway through a public gallery.