Multifamily Design Innovations: New Facade Design

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Learning Objectives:

  1. List the structural implications of nonconventional geometries for high-rise buildings.
  2. Identify a wide range of new facade design approaches being used in multifamily housing.
  3. Describe the advantages and the limitations of modular construction for low-rise multifamily housing.
  4. Discuss how one resident’s green roof can be another resident’s terrace in multifamily housing.
  5. Explain how you can live in a high-rise and still have your car right outside your door.


1 AIA LU/Elective
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200 Eleventh Avenue
The height of Convenience: You can park your car right outside your apartment door in an Annabelle Selldorf–designed, 19-story tower
100 Eleventh Avenue
A 23-story, 130,000-square-foot condominium tower on the Hudson River, next to Frank Gehry's IAC building
Metal Shutter Houses
A Shut-and-Open Case: Shigeru Ban transports his unique Japanese sensibility to a Chelsea condominium with High Line views
A 14-story, 39,200-square-foot condominium tower that extends above the High Line, an elevated public park built on a derelict railroad track that runs along Manhattan's West Side
Chelsea Modern
A 12-story, 80,000-square-foot residential tower in Chelsea, with 47 units, a communal garden on the ground level, and a communal roof terrace
8 Spruce Street
Making Waves in the Skyline: Frank Gehry drapes his first skyscraper in rippling stainless steel, bringing luxury living to lower Manhattan
The Domench
A seven-story, 63,000-square-foot apartment building in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn
Nehemiah Spring Creek Housing
An affordable housing development with two-, three-, and four-story town houses (1,600, 2,400, and 3,200 square feet, respectively)
First Look
Absolute City Centre Residents begin to move into the first of MAD's two convention-busting apartment towers near Toronto
Mercedes House
A 31-story, 1.3-million-square-foot, mixed-use development spanning more than half a city block between 11th and 10th avenues in Midtown Manhattan


Originally published in March 2017