52 Wooster, in Soho, is one of 250 cast iron buildings that stand in New York City. The historic structure is part of a new project by architect Arpad Baksa. The boutique apartment complex of just four units is part of a renovation scheme by real estate developer Continental Ventures.
The refined corner building’s exterior is especially created to draw on the area’s historic character, featuring cast iron elements and brick facades.
‘The design intent is to create a building that respects the historic fabric of SoHo, as far as scale and materials, while incorporating design elements to create a modern building,’ explains Baksa.
Cast iron was initially used as a decorative front over pre-existing buildings from 1840 to 1880. With the addition of the modern, decorative facade, older industrial buildings were able to attract new commercial clients. In addition to revitalizing older structures, buildings in SoHo were later designed to feature the cast iron. The contemporary look of cast iron has not diminished and continues to draw tourists to the historic neighborhood each year.
The project at 52 Wooster is the latest scheme to launch in Soho’s historic cast-iron district. The interiors, by Grade, is an elegant mix of three- and four-bedroom apartments ranging in size from 2,044 – 4,263 sq ft. The interiors are spacious and loft-styled, drawing on iconic New York imagery.
The light and airy interiors are filled with luxurious finishes – such as marble and eucalyptus wood – in a sophisticated, neutral palette. There are three three-bedroom apartments available across the lower floors, while a single four-bedroom duplex penthouse crowns the top. It features separate floors for entertainment spaces and living quarters, a powder room and plenty of outdoor space; such as two terraces and a private roof deck.
Currently under construction, the project is scheduled for completion in summer 2016.