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Meet the Newest Building Coming to Tribeca's Franklin Street

Meet the Newest Building Coming to Tribeca’s Franklin Street

By: Scott Henson

Sara Polsky reports for Curbed.

Developer DDG is increasingly prolific, with 41 Bond, 345 Meatpacking, and Soho’s former chocolate factory under its belt. Now the firm is moving on to two triangular Tribeca parking lots, between White and Franklin streets on Sixth Avenue. Tribeca Citizen has already dubbed the building – just presented to Community Board 1’s Landmarks Committee – the Two Triangles Building because of the shape of the lots. The proposed building, shown above, has a four-layered facade, with fritted glass, reclaimed brick, metal, and interior glazing. On the Franklin Street side, the building will come to the cornice height of neighbor 102 Franklin; on the White Street side, it will be stepped back. The penthouse will be dark so as not to be noticeable.

UPDATE: DDG reps sent along the above clearer rendering of the project. The building is tentatively slated to have 11 residential units and retail space.

Of course, the CB had some questions about that penthouse >>

One of the subcommittee’s main concerns when architect Peter Guthrie presented the plan was whether the building would “turn into a big black box at night” because of the fritted glass and the dark penthouse. Neighbors also wondered about the safety of neighboring buildings still doing repairs from Hurricane Sandy and about the amount of light that would be left in the air shaft between buildings once DDG’s project is completed.

DDG has a few other plans for the building’s exterior: potted street trees (which require MTA approval, according to Tribeca Citizen) and cables with ivy on them along the facade.  The Glassy New Building Coming to Sixth Ave. [Tribeca Citizen]

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