Upper Manhattan Residential Tower


Located in the Audubon Terrace neighborhood of upper Manhattan, New York City, this building contains an outpatient medical facility as well as a neighborhood arts-oriented community organization within its base. Separating the community facilities, a ‘sky-garden’ provides both open and covered outdoor spaces and amenities. A 12-storey residential tower rises above, providing unobstructed vistas to the Hudson & Harlem Rivers, the Palisades of New Jersey and the skyline of midtown Manhattan.

The building employs numerous sustainable and energy-conscious strategies and helps renew a vibrant, culturally rich neighborhood.

Project Data
Client: Private
Project Size: 62,000 square feet
Construction Cost: $15,500,000
Services: Full Architectural Services
Completed: Project Suspended

Shanghai Commercial & Residential Towers


This project consists of two underground parking levels and a three story commercial base, with a shopping mall and food market components, supporting a 30-story office building and a 26-story residential tower. The 900,000 sf, complex utilizes black and gray water systems and on-site pre-treatment of all waste.

The project was designed in collaboration with Tician Papachristou FAIA

Westbeth Center for the Arts


The Westbeth Center for the Arts is the largest affordable housing community dedicated to artists in the world. With nearly 400 residences, the community is among the first examples of adaptive reuse of an industrial building into residential use. The NYC Landmark complex, occupying an entire city block, was originally the site of the Bell Laboratories and converted to artists’ housing by Richard Meier in 1970.

Elemental, serving as both the Building Architect and Owner’s Representative, has completed or overseen projects at various scales within the complex ranging from the development of a historic window replacement campaign and Local Law 11 restoration, analyses for energy efficient upgrades of the physical plant, ADA modifications and tenant-related renovations up through large-scale commercial tenant and zoning feasibility studies. Following Super Storm Sandy, Elemental has assisted in implementing various resiliency measures and redesigning new artists’ studios & facilities that had been damaged or destroyed.

Canal Street Commercial Offices


202 Canal is a $4 million, 47,600 square foot 9-story office and retail building in the heart of New York’s Chinatown. Elemental was charged with repositioning the existing building into a new 29-unit Class ‘A’ commercial condominium. The work included the modernization, interior replanning & condominium subdivision of the entire building, as well as the design of the building lobby, model unit & sales office and all common spaces and amenities. Additionally, elemental coordinated the various architectural agency filings between the NYS Office of the Attorney General, NYC Department of Buildings and NYC Department of Finance as well as supporting marketing andsales team efforts.

Project Data
Client: Keystone Equities
Project Size: 47,600 square feet
Construction Cost: Private
Services: Interior Architecture
Completed: 2015

Javelina Restaurant


This 1,600 sf restaurant interior draws inspiration from the fusion of traditional Mexican design elements, such as encaustic tile and geometric patterning, with qualities of the sparse & arid landscape of southwest Texas. A neutral, earth-toned palette of natural materials is punctuated by the application of vibrant desert-inspired color and high contrast materials, suggestive of strong daylight and crisp shadows; curvilinear bistro chairs and live succulents & cactus offer visual relief to the interior’s stark angularity. The interior features commissioned artwork by several Texas based artists and a custom fabricated lighting installation evocative of the region’s sprawling multi-branched cactus. The fast-track project was completed in collaboration with Joel Mozersky Design.

Project Data
Client: Private
Project Size: 1,600 square feet
Construction Cost: Private
Services: Interior Architecture
Completed: 2015
Credits: Photos courtesy of Javelina


Midtown Architecture Studio


The design of this commercial interior architecture studio is based on a Modernist sensibility executed within a restrained materials & color palette. The former industrial space is conceived as an open-office that engages the neighboring urban landscape of rooftop structures. The design maximizes daylight and views to the city along its three exposures, inviting a dynamic interplay between the reflectivity of glass surfaces and the transparency between discrete spaces. A modular Knoll furniture system provides uniformity & flexibility between workstations at all staff levels, while automated shading modulates solar patterns and controls associated heat-gain. The fast-track project – design, approvals & construction in 12 weeks – including new HVAC systems, lighting, furniture & finishes was completed for less than $100/sf.

Hudson Clearwater Restaurant


Opened in December 2010, this neighborhood hotspot quickly earned international recognition for both its culinary excellence and distinguished design as the “hidden-gem” of the West Village. The intention from the beginning was to create a restaurant that felt like a home; where the experience of coming to dine would feel like going to a private dinner at a friend’s charmingly restored historic manor. The extensive build-out process involved structurally stabilizing the 1826 historic-landmarked Greenwich Village carriage house and stripping away layers of architectural abuse to reveal the beauty of the historic bones beneath, thereby converting the space from a former insurance office and trash dump to a quintessential local restaurant favorite.

Large portions of the rear facade were demolished allowing for the installation of expansive french casement windows and doors, opening the restaurant interiors to lush garden plantings and cobbled brick pavers which replaced the former concrete trash slab. The cellar was excavated and floors reframed to create a multi-level dining space with new entry stairs from the rear garden and down to private wine cellar dining below. The original wood floors and beams were salvaged and repurposed to create a large wooden chef’s counter at the open kitchen, sliding wooden barn doors, and decorative trim throughout the interiors. In addition to recycling many of the materials found on site, wood was salvaged from local demolition projects, and low VOC environmentally-friendly paints and sealers were utilized throughout. Double-insulated windows and energy-efficient lighting, exhaust, heating, air conditioning and hot water systems were implemented in-keeping with the sustainable and socially-conscious mission of the restaurant.

Project Data
Client: Village Restaurant Group LLC
Project Size: 1,200 square feet
Construction Cost: Private
Services: Full Architectural Services
Completed: 2010