Red Terra Cotta Exterior Revealed After 312-322 Canal Street’s Major Design Update, Tribeca

An updated design has been submitted to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for 312-322 Canal Street, in the West Tribeca Historic District. The site is currently occupied by a two-story retail space, owned by the developer, Trans World Equities. An initial design proposal was submitted in 2011 by Paul A. Castrucci Architect, but was denied by the LPC after being deemed too bland for the area.

Current status of 312-322 Canal Street.

The updated design submitted again by Castrucci on January 23rd, 2018 is still pending approval. If approved, the lot would give rise to a nine-story residential building, with retail space on the first floor. The structure would rise to 76 feet, 12 feet higher than the existing average for the block.

Construction would yield an estimated 54,250 square feet of space aboveground, plus an additional 7,750 square feet in the basement.

Retail spaces on the ground floor.

The ground floor would offer three retail opportunities, and floors two through six would each feature four one-bedroom apartments. The seventh floor is slated to be a four bedroom penthouse unit with private terrace access. Residents would also have access to bicycle storage in the basement and recreational space on the roof.

Close up of terra cotta facade.

Castrucci has proposed a brick-red terra cotta facade which will frame inset floor-to-ceiling windows on each floor. The architecture firm describes the project as entering into “a critical dialogue with its surrounding context. The façade’s repetition recalls some of the underlying structural rhythms of the historical district’s notable palazzo-style, cast-iron facades, but avoids replicating or reproducing their forms, details or material choices.”

The building is also slated to be passive house certified; it will use high efficiency heat pumps to condition individual interior units in addition to energy recovery ventilators which provide units with cooled, filtered fresh air.

Plans will go before the LPC on Tuesday for approval.

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4 Comments on "Red Terra Cotta Exterior Revealed After 312-322 Canal Street’s Major Design Update, Tribeca"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: What you want – what I want – what they want. We want beautiful progress.

  2. And of course the color red is valued by some (many?) Chinese people as being preferred or “lucky”.
    It fits right into this unique part of town…

  3. Yet another ugly building to ruin the historic look of the neighborhood. Shame on LPC for allowing this monstrosity. Why did they force the owners directly across the St to build with the historic look/feel (which is beautiful) and then go ahead and allow this structure? It just make no sense at all. Do we really need a bunch of overpriced yuppie rentals fronting on Canal St? It’ll create traffic jams as Ubers stop and linger in front and adds nothing to the neighborhood.

  4. The lack of creativity here is appalling. The facade looks cheap and too uniform. The windows would have been an easy change to make the whole thing look nicer.

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