Developers planned a six-story, 47-unit condominium project in a redevelopment zone of Long Island City once they realized a revised zoning plan allowed for mid-rise, multifamily projects. The building’s goal was to create loft-like spaces that would appeal to artistic, creative tenants.
The tall, open spaces of the lofts lend themselves to the use of hollowcore planks, which are supported by masonry bearing walls to form floors and balconies. Floor-to-ceiling windows separate the precast components, with the plank exposed at cantilevered balconies.
The bearing walls were clad with precast concrete pieces that replicate the look of split-face limestone and granite often used on neighboring historic manufacturing buildings. The blocks were specified in a blended color and laid in bands of alternating depth, creating a visually appealing design over the entire building.