E. Cobb Architects has again presented proposals to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for a hulking private residence at 11 Hubert Street in the Tribeca West Historic District. The design team was commissioned by an unnamed private client to design a five-story single-family structure on the corner of Hubert and Collister Streets.
Previous proposals were criticized for introducing a façade that was both out of place for the historic district and “unwelcoming” with regard to the lack of true window openings along Collister Street.
In response to that commentary, the architects have drastically increased the number of windows along Collister Street including a series of steel-encased windows at the ground floor. Above the ground floor, the structure would retain the originally proposed concrete façade with additional windows also encased in black steel.
Along Hubert Street, the ground floor features similarly sized windows behind a punched-steel enclosure. The glass enclosure above retains the overall shape and dimension of previous iteration, however, with greater transparency, thicker mullions, and lighter-hued cornice details throughout.
The most recent proposals do not offer many updates with regard to the interiors of the private residence. Previous plans specified four large bedrooms, ten bathrooms, a cellar-level basketball court and sauna, an inner courtyard, an elevator that services each floor, multiple bars, and a roof deck designed to support a hot tub and light landscaping. The entry of the building opens up to what appears to be an enormous living room or lounge area with a two-story ceiling span and a living tree.
This design marks the third iteration of the project to be overheard by the LPC. The first arrived from architects Maya Lin and William Bialosky and was eventually approved, but for unknown reasons, scrapped and never constructed. The second and third proposals were drafted by E. Cobb Architects. This time aground, the application is also credited to Higgins Quasebarth & Partners and SPAN Architecture.
At this time the LPC has taken no action on the new development and the project is listed as “Pending” on a map of recently submitted applications. If approved, the home would replace a low-rise commercial building and parking lot.