500 East 165th Street is a new construction, 128-unit, mixed-use residential building located on the corner of Third Avenue and East 165th Street in the Bronx, NY. Funded through New York State Department of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), units in 500 East 165th Street will be affordable to residents making up to 60% of Area Median Income (AMI).
The major urban design goal for 500 East 165th Street was to respond to the context of the existing neighborhood’s fabric. To take advantage of both the site’s location on the corner of a major Bronx thoroughfare, Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC (MAP) designed a special expression at the building’s corner that responds to the larger scale of Third Avenue. Meanwhile, in order to reduce the scale by articulating the 230 feet of frontage on 165th Street, careful attention was paid to the massing of the building, so it would respond to the human scale of a narrow street.
Additionally, in order to take advantage of the sloping site, MAP designed a dramatic lobby. Partially double height with windows in the front and back of the building, the lobby will connect, both visually and physically, the basement and ground floor levels, as well as the street and courtyard.