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Skyhouse, New York, USA

David Hotson Architect

As you exit the elevator into the vestibule of the Skyhouse, you realize, in an instant, that you have entered an extraordinary architectural construct. Towards the top of a late nineteenth century tower in Lower Manhattan, you find yourself in an all-white world surrounded by contiguous wall segments that fold and tilt and soar. A kind of crystalline plaster tent is housed within the preserved volume of the old building with few tectonic details or evidence of construction on view. You then peer upward into a high oculus offering a glimpse of Frank Gehry’s metal-clad Beekman Tower (now known as 8 Spruce Street) glittering far above against a clear blue sky.
You proceed into a unique and expansive penthouse apartment. It occupies the entire top floor of the former American Tract Society headquarters, an evangelical organization situated here in what was once Newspaper Row,...

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