Sitting at the bustling intersection of Kenmare and Mulberry streets in the gritty heart of NoLita, 75 Kenmare is an 83,000 SF seven story residential building with 38 apartments ranging in size from 600 to 3,000 SF.
Gold Winner – Archframe Design Awards 2021
Design Firm – Andre Kikoski Architect
Project Title – 75 Kenmare
Project Category – Housing Multi-Family
Status – Built
Architect/Designer – Andre Kikoski, AIA LEED AP, Principal
Design Team – Liam Harris, LEED AP, Senior Associate Betsy Daniels, Associate
Practice – Professional Architect
Country – United States
Knit into the urban and architectural fabric, the building’s massing speaks to the neighborhood’s scale while contrasting with its surroundings through a distinctly detailed contemporary façade. Imaginative detailing gives concrete — the humblest of materials — a timeless and robust presence. Simple linear channel-like forms, referencing shade and shadow in contextual architectural details, modulate the play of sunlight across its surfaces to create a sense of joy for passersby.
The plan features six windowed facades and a second-floor secret hidden garden that flows visually into the adjacent public park and spatially into the surrounding neighborhood. This strategy makes softly edged and generously permeable spaces that generate engaging views throughout and within the neighborhood and building. Multi-story bronze window frames set into the concrete skin respond to the proportions and architectural language of NoLita and give the building an inviting human scale.
The facades combine our love of basic materials, elegant proportions, and thoughtful detailing with handcrafted workmanship to create a building that both inspires and gives to its neighborhood. 75 Kenmare creates architecture that is deeply rooted in a sense of place. It is both generous to its surroundings and inseparable from its context, demonstrating our conviction that buildings must be timeless and new, engage the senses, delight the eye, and lift the spirit of all.