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443 Greenwich

CetraRuddy Architecture

Kitchen Design Special Contest  /  Completed
CetraRuddy Architecture

443 Greenwich Street, originally built as a book bindery by Charles C. Haight in the 19th Century, has been restored and reimagined into 53 urban residences, preserving Tribeca’s architectural heritage while situating itself in its modern context. Characteristic elements of the landmark structure were retained including its shell, as well as its brick and oak beams. The design, inspired by the existing structure’s architectural details and grand proportions, celebrates the original construction while introducing crafted details that complement modern materials to heighten its residential adaptation.

The design of the interiors actively engages with the volume and scale of the entire structure. Materiality and craft play a significant role in interior design of the residences, alluding to the former industrial building, while adapting to contemporary living. Celebrating the historic structure, the original 100-year old oak beams have been restored in the residential plan, framing and unifying the design elements that distinguish each unique residence. They serve as totems of proportion, solidity, and strength, as well as history, functioning as a continual reminder of the layered history of the building. Materials used within the apartments: antiqued natural bronze for faucets and hardware, blackened aged metal to enclose foyer walls and reclaimed wood for vanities, all are consistent with the building's history.

At the heart of each residence is the kitchen. Large welcoming kitchens are open to the life of the apartments. The design is centered on the “hearth walls”, consisting of a millwork wall of open shelving that frame a crafted metal hearth, defining the cooking center. The kitchens feature custom cabinets and open Millwork shelves as well as full height pantries that maximize storage opportunities. The cabinets and shelves are finished in a walnut-stained white oak cabinetry with clear maple interior surfaces and bronze hardware, creating a contrast with the stainless-steel appliances and a balance between modern and classical design. The countertops and backsplash are a dark Basaltina lava stone, which blends with the wood cabinetry. Large islands of stainless steel are topped with marble that are accented by polished metal legs and strap details. The kitchen island draws residents around the table for activity, making the kitchen a center not only for cooking, but for gathering and celebrating.

Kitchen Finishes:
Backsplash: Pietra Cardosa Honed
- NSI Granite Trading Company
Countertop: Pietra Cardosa Honed
- NSI Granite Trading Company
Cabinets: White oak cabinets with Dark Brown/Smoke finish; brushed stainless steel island w/polished stainless custom leg detail
Custom design by Christopher Peakcock
Island Countertop: Calacatta Gold, polished.
- NSI Granite Trading

Sub-zero refrigerator and freezer columns and refrigerator drawers
Dual Fuel Wolf Range, 48” and 60” (Penthouse), Wolf hood with custom enclosure
Gaggenau Full height or Sub-Zero under counter Wine Cooler
Miele Speed oven, steam oven, warming drawers, built-in-Coffee Maker, 2 Miele Dishwashers
Electrolux high capacity washer and dryer

Sink: Blanco with InSinkErator
Faucet, pot filler – satin nickel finish

Custom pendants by Siena Design


 New York
 MetroLoft Management
 CetraRuddy Architecture
 CetraRuddy Architecture
 Collaborative Construction Manamagement
 Restoration Consultant: Higgins Quasebarth & Partners; Restoration Architect: CTS Group Restoration; Contractor: Preserv Contractor ;CM: Collaborative Construction Management ;MEP: Cosentini Associates; Structural: GACE Engineers; Lighting: Kugler Ning Lighting Design; Landscape: HM White; Acoustical: Longman Lindsey
 David Sungberg/ESTO; Adrian Gaut; Peter Margonelli; CetraRuddy Architecture


CetraRuddy is an international award-winning architecture, planning and interiors firm based in New York. For over 30 years, the firm has been led with a guiding principle that design must engage its context while enriching the human spirit. The firm’s portfolio, defined by analytic problem solving, contextual sensitivity and innovative use of materials, reflect an underlying commitment to the human experience at all scales and across all typologies. Founded by John Cetra and Nancy J. Ruddy, the 100+ person firm emphasizes a collaborative process, working with clients to apply a sophisticated understanding of programming, planning, and construction to each of the firm’s projects, developing technically excellent designs and providing an unparalleled level of service. We approach every project with a fresh perspective and goal of creating buildings and spaces that uniquely represent each client while adapting to evolving needs.


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