Schermerhorn House defines a new paradigm for supportive housing in New York City. Comprised of 189 micro-units, the building creates a community environment that furthers Breaking Ground’s goal of building safe, affordable, attractive and sustainable housing.
We have designed the building to convey a sense of dignity and pride for all who will live here.
The building’s structural rhythm and textural quality express the interior organization of the program into small residential units. Twenty studio units and a suite containing four single room occupancy units with two shared bathrooms and a common kitchen define each of nine residential floors.
The building’s two faces respond to the contextual duality to the north and south. Five translucent channel glass tower elements define the primary façade, providing a dignified luminous presence facing the dense urban fabric of downtown Brooklyn.
The building’s channel glass façade is fabricated with a high percentage of post-consumer waste glass and Low-E glazing to enhance overall thermal performance. Additionally, the second floor green roof terrace serves to minimize heat island effect. Energy efficient systems and materials are incorporated throughout the building.
The south façade’s horizontal banding of glass and cement board panels hovers above a landscaped roof terrace on the second level, which effects a transition to the low-scale residential neighborhood beyond.
Visible from the street are four steel trusses, which cantilever the building over subway tunnels directly below, structurally isolating the structure. The panelized glass and aluminum façade minimizes the load on the trusses, while enhancing daylighting within the building.
High design for low-income housing.
At the ground level, retail and lobby spaces are visually open and accessible to the public, enlivening the pedestrian experience along Schermerhorn Street. Additionally, a flexible multipurpose room provides space for performances and community activities for tenants and the neighboring area.
Housing single adults transitioning out of homelessness, persons living with HIV/AIDS and low-income community residents, with a preference accorded to those employed in the performing arts and entertainment, Schermerhorn House provides a comprehensive support system that helps people regain lives of stability and independence.
180 Studio Units, Nine Four-bedroom Suites, Community Rooms, Theater, Computer, Exercise, Tenant Services Offices (Medical and Legal Counseling, Job Training and Placement), Dance Studio Space
Susan T. Rodriguez
Benjamin Gilmartin, Kevin Miyamura, Harry Park, Melissa Sarko
Award of Honor, Society of American Registered Architects/National Council
AIA Tri-State Design Awards, Honor Award
John M. Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Housing, Boston Society of Architects
AIA National Housing Award, Special Housing
AIA New York State Design Award of Merit
Award of Excellence, Society of American Registered Architects/New York Council
Supportive Housing Network of New York, Outstanding Residence of the Year
Building Brooklyn Award, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce