The design for this residential building unites past and present, updating a palette of two centuries of architectural history to meet the modern era.
During the design development of Chelsea Enclave details like the texture, color and value of every brick and molding were researched extensively to create a seamless transition between old and new – a distinction already lauded by the NYC Landmarks Commission.
An historic landmark and one of the oldest seminaries in North America, General Theological Seminary provides a context of tradition, natural beauty and tranquility for the residences of Chelsea Enclave.
The landmarked enclave employs scale, palette and open space consistently. In facing the challenge of integrating housing into this site, the design presents a modern intervention respectful of its existing context.
The design references the scale and material quality of the Gothic-inspired architecture of the historic Chelsea Square precinct, employing a subtle interplay of brick, brownstone and glass to create a dialogue between old and new. Modern glass panels illuminate the textured brick façade, offering an outstanding architectural complement to the surrounding sanctuary.