Winka Dubbeldam's Greenwich Street Project
14 February 2001
Dutch architect Winka Dubbeldam has been living
and working in New York since the early 1990's. Recently she designed
an eleven-floor residential and office building on Greenwich Street
in New York's Soho district, a project described by The New York
Times as a jewel.
After graduating from the Academy of Architecture in Rotterdam
in 1990, Dubbeldam went to the United States. There she worked for
Steven Holl, Bernard Tschumi and Peter Eisenman, before establishing
her own office, Archi-Techtonics, in 1994. One of her first projects
was the Cristine Rose Mixed-Media Art Gallery in Soho (1994).
Dubbeldam's latest project is the Greenwich Street Project: a six-floor
former warehouse building converted into an eleven-floor residential
and office building. The new building is a so-called parabuilding:
it folds around the existing warehouse on Greenwich Street. Placed
on top of the existing structure is a four-floor penthouse of glass
and steel. The warehouse remains clearly visible, but has been thoroughly
gutted to enhance its functionality. Only the brick facades and
the floor remain intact.
Added to the front is an eleven-floor high folded, glazed facade.
The lower section screening the first three levels is the only flat
surface. The manner in which the facade then folds with recessed
and extended surfaces was prompted in part by New York's zoning
regulations. Interpreting and applying these in a new way created
a flowing facade. The Greenwich Street Project will accommodate
26 dwellings (those at the top have a view of the Hudson River),
a gallery and shops, and the project will be completed in April
Visit the website
for more information about Archi-Tectonics.
transl. Billy Nolan