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    Red Stripe Beer good stuff!

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    Does anyone have any information about sales on this project? I can't find anything.

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    Looks like there'll be something new at 49/51 East Houston St. that will be going up (as an addition to the one-story there now) a few doors down from 290.

    From curbed today:




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    Tell me it wont cantilever like that.

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    That neighborhood's charm should be on the endangered species list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alonzo-ny View Post
    Tell me it wont cantilever like that.
    And that small walkup will be sandwiched in between these two new towers. Another streetscape wrecked for the foreseeable future.

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    News from CURBED ...

    SHoP Piling On the Bricks at 290 Mulberry

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    April 17, 2008


    The facade of 290 Mulberry, as it turns out, is brick.

    All the talk of East Houston Street's big new tumor drew our attention back
    to SHoP Architects' wavy tower rising just to the west at 290 Mulberry.
    We've been talking for months about SHoP's metal mesh facade and how cool
    and sexy it's gonna be. Well, sometimes we're wrong. The metal mesh is not
    to be. This being New York City, "contextual zoning regulations" mandate a
    more humble and utilitarian facade. In this case, it must be brick.

    Here, from the mouth of SHoP by way of their website, is a description of 290 Mulberry:
    It is located in New York City's NoLita district, across the street
    from the historic Puck Building. Its proximity to the building,
    notable for its decorative brickwork, as well as contextual zoning
    regulations dictating a "predominantly masonry" facade, led to
    the as a design objective. The rippled brick facade treatment
    acknowledges the fact that the brick is panelized not load
    bearing, and at the same time pays tribute to the highly
    articulated historic brick facades in the neighborhood.
    We couldn't have said it better ourselves.


    Actually, this is "panelized" brick, which we stupidly mistook for a facade of sexy metal mesh.


    SHoP explains it all for you.


    290 Mulberry's older neighbor, the Puck Building (right), rules in this part of town.

    · A Tumorous Neighbor for SHoP and Kopp [Curbed]
    · CurbedWire: A Lot of Action at SHoP [Curbed]
    · Inside 290 Mulberry Street's Wavy Goodness [Curbed]
    · Featured Projects > 290 Mulberry [SHoP Architects website]

    SHoP 290

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    The Puck building is beautiful.

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    Panelized brick usually looks like crap in comparison with the real deal, but I'm interested to see the wave effect.

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    It looks like an asphalt sheet wall covering that's been in the hot sun too long.

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    The color of that new grey brick is nasty bad, particularly in comparison with the glorious deep red of the Puck's brick.

    I think Zippy is correct when comparing it to "asphalt sheet wall covering" -- thus making it imminently contextual, particularly considering what used to be visible on this site after the Houston Village Farm Deli / Salad Bar came down just about 1 year ago ...


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    Post Rippled Brick Facade

    I agree with some of the comments about the brickwork, it seems that great rippled brick facade was more 'conceptual than buildable': disappointing, but overall - in my opinion - shoP has come off with a good architectural design on this project.. That subtle texture on the facade was an important feature of this project that just got lost somehow, who knows, perhaps due to "value engineering" and/or some other cost-cutting measures.
    Last edited by infoshare; April 19th, 2008 at 10:39 AM. Reason: add link to facade photos

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    Value engineering or penny-pinching?

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    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby View Post
    Value engineering or penny-pinching?
    Penny-Pinching: thus the use of the "quote" marks. I was being facetious when using the term Value Engineering, perhaps the wink-wink emoticon would have made it more obvious.

    BTW, I generally ignore what seems to be a pointless - or otherwise just annoying - question or comment: but, since your on my Buddy List - I'll play.

    Last edited by infoshare; April 19th, 2008 at 08:49 PM.

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    And is the unfortunate color choice a case of penny pinching as well?

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