Construction is underway on BKSK Architects' 2 1/2 story addition to 9-19 Ninth Avenue, a commercial structure in the Gansevoort Market Historic District that is slated to become the latest outpost for Restoration Hardware. The project is located adjacent to the firm's recently renovated 21-27 Ninth Avenue, a residential-to-commercial conversion on the northeast corner of the block. Because the projects fell within the historic district, both were required to receive approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which they received in 2014.
Perched atop an existing 2-story masonry base that served as a warehouse, the new 2 1/2-story glass-enclosed addition contrasts with the heavy volume below. A metal screen with a mixture of clear and patterned translucent glass panels acts as a secondary facade for the new volume.
Architect: BKSK Architects; Developer: Aurora Capital Associates; Program: Commercial; Location: Meatpacking District, New York, NY; Completion: 2017.