Located at the intersection of Grand and Mulberry Streets in the heart of Little Italy, MA’s design of The Grand Mulberry draws inspiration from the rich heritage of historic Italianate tenements found throughout the neighborhood. The custom-profiled brick that clads the contemporary condominium building creates a spectral reference to this heritage.
虽然MA经常从附近的建筑中获取灵感，但公司的设计很少复制特定的结构。Grand Mulberry是一个例外，它的外墙是对字面上的复制的一种抽象。受古典主义的启发，不规则的 “幽灵窗 “组合与建筑的真实窗户的规则节奏产生了张力，作为一种并列的方式来表达过去和现在。
While MA frequently takes inspiration from nearby buildings, the firm’s designs rarely replicate specific structures. The Grand Mulberry is somewhat of an exception—the facade is an abstraction of a literal copy. The classically inspired, irregular grouping of “ghost windows” creates tension with the regular cadence of the building’s real windows as a way to juxtapose past and present.
Traditionally, Italianate tenement buildings featured a tripartite façade that consisted of a base, middle, and top with differing details and brickwork used for each portion. Emulating this tradition, The Grand Mulberry’s façade pattern consists of banding at the building’s base on floors 1-2, pediment windows in the middle on floors 3-5, and arched windows and a cornice at the top portion on floor 6.
Quoining details define the bays. Given the project’s setting, the objective from the onset was to design a building that was contextual yet unmistakably contemporary. While the facade pattern is traditional, the application of the hand-molded domed bricks is very modern—each brick was carefully positioned within the double-stacked running bond coursing to present the illusion of a traditional Italianate façade.
The custom bricks come in roughly thirty different shapes to execute the pattern, including double bricks with double domes (the most prevalent), double bricks with a single dome, curved bricks, lipped bricks, and simple shapes without domes. All have a uniform red-orange clay color that pays further homage to the red brick buildings found in the neighborhood.
At the rear of the building, the 7th floor steps back to create a gracious terrace for the penthouse unit that faces both Grand and Mulberry Streets. The penthouse and the building’s bulkhead are wrapped in medium gray standing seam metal panels that create a subtle contrast of material and color. This allows these elements to stand alone but not detract from the brick façade below.
Architects: Morris Adjmi Architects
Area: 36000 ft²
Photographs:Selvon Ramsawak, Glen-Gery
Manufacturers: Glen-Gery, WindLoch
Contractor: Empire State Contractors
Structural: RCM/BGA Engineering
MEP: ABS Engineers
Civil: Sullivan Group Design LLC
Expeditor: JM Zoning
Design Principal: Morris Adjmi
Project Management: Brittany Macomber
Interior Design Lead: Melissa Shalloway
Managing Director: Michael Zweck-Bronner
Project Architect: Paul Tierman
Senior Designer: Thomas Wensing
Country: United States