THE LUCIDA BUILDING STREETSCAPE

Terrain designed a custom trellis screen to mark the entrance to the LEED certified condominium building in Manhattan's Upper East Side.  The design of the screen was inspired by the growing pattern of the native vines that it is meant to host.  Cut in bronze using contemporary CNC milling tecniques, the screen has a root-like structure which is cut out and etched creating a dynamic urban facade.  The trellis structure is integral to demonstrating the green focus of the building, showing the interaction of nature with its very structure.

The screen is highly effective for transitioning the resident from urban street life to the residential domain, aperating at both the scale of the vine that it supports, a human scale, and the scale of the building.  Bridging exterior and interior spaces, the matrial of the trellis is brought into the interior space through a custom designed bronze bench with the same detailing in the lobby. Terrain also designed custom planters, selected furnishings and green roofs for other public and private areas of the building, integrating the sensibility to nature throughout the design.

 

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan, NY _Size: Three Story Facade Screen _Client: Extell Development Company _Collaborators: COOKFOX Architects _Status: Complete _Year: 2008 _Team: Steven Tupu, Meaghan Lynch, Kurt Martig

Partial Elevations showing the change over time.  

Partial Elevations showing the change over time.

 

Study models and fabrication test helped drive the design.

Study models and fabrication test helped drive the design.