Riverhouse, One Rockefeller Park

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Riverhouse, One Rockefeller Park

The design of this technically innovative and environmentally conscious residential building capitalizes on breathtaking views of the Hudson River and downtown Manhattan while establishing a new paradigm in sustainable development.

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Our two main goals, at first glance, appeared to be irreconcilable: we wanted to maximize views of the River for occupants while surpassing the Battery Park City Authority’s rigorous sustainability requirements.

Todd Schliemann, Design Partner
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Riverhouse is the first LEED Gold-certified building in Battery Park City and the first residential use of double-glass curtain wall technology in the United States. An innovative solution to a formidable design challenge, the west-facing curtainwall defines its identity, exhibiting a sense of depth and linking the transparent surface to the rhythms and scale of the masonry construction.

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The design demonstrates an alternative to Battery Park City’s typical punched windows in a masonry surface and links the building to its residential precinct. The massing strategy humanizes the enormous scale of the building. The building’s U-shaped footprint accommodates a local park, ventilating the site.

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The mixed-use building provides neighborhood amenities in its base, including a New York City Public Library Branch, Poets House National Poetry Library and Literary Center.

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Environmentally responsible materials, green roofs, solar power, cogeneration, progressive filtration and recycling technologies also offer residents the healthiest living in Manhattan while lessening the burden on public utilities, reducing energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions, and improving the quality of the living spaces for both building workers and occupants.


New York, NY
500,000 GSF
264-residential Units, Childrens Playroom, Fitness Center, Lap Pool, New York City Public Library Branch, Poets House National Poetry Library and Literary Center, Parking


Ennead Design Team
Todd Schliemann, Kevin McClurkan, Charles Griffith, Brian Slocum, Kyo-Young Jin, Alex O'Briant, Jarrett Pelletier, David Wallance
Associate Architect
Ismael Leyva Architects


  • 2010
    • Award of Excellence, Society of American Registered Architects/New York Council, 2010
  • 2009
    • BRICK NY Award, Associated Brick Mason Contractors of Greater New York and NY/NJ Council of the Brick Industry Association, 2009
    • Building of America Award, Construction Communications' Real Estate & Construction Review Magazine, 2009


  • 2009
    • Pogrebin, Robin. "Transparent New Home for Poetry" (The New York Times, 9/24/2009)
    • "High-Rise That Offers The Healthiest City Living" (Real Estate Weekly, 10/7/2009)
    • "Construction Watch: Riverhouse's Poetry in Motion" (ny.curbed.com, 7/24/2009)
    • "Poet's House Opens State-of-the-Art New Home for Poetry in New York City" (PRWeb, 10/12/2009)
    • "Riverhouse, One Rockefeller Park New York: Architecture" (e-architect.com, 10/2/2009)
  • 2008
    • "Riverhouse: Double Vision" (Metals in Construction, 2008 Fall)
    • Ruhling, Nancy. "Higher and Greener: Riverhouse promises new heights in ecofriendly building and design" (metroGreen + Business, 3/2008)
  • 2007
    • Slesin, Suzanne. "Sweeping River Views, but Which to Choose?" (The New York Times, 7/22/2007)
  • 2006
    • Barbanel, Josh. "Genesis of a Luxury Condo" (The New York Times, 10/1/2006)