Commissioned by the Arch Diocese of New York and built on the site of the demolished St. Augustine’s Church, the design for this building was inspired by the notion that a house of worship serves as a beacon of light for its community. From that idea came 13 floors of fully glazed elevator lobbies which provide spectacular views for residents by day, and then become a glowing tower by night. The placement of this south facing feature was the most democratic way to share the city vista and at the same time provides light to the adjacent park in the evening.
Rock formations uncovered during construction were incorporated into the landscape at the front of the property providing a natural, organic complement to the straight lines and right angels of the building. Along with stones and other architectural elements from the original church placed throughout the landscaping, they also provide a clear connection to the area’s history.
The 112-unit building is a mix of supportive and affordable housing serving very low-income residents. There are offices for social services on-site, as well as a laundry and community room with access to a landscaped outdoor area. The project has achieved LEED Gold status.