During the 20th century Harlem’s historic Sugar Hill district in the northernmost tip of the island of Manhattan was associated with a series of different urban characteristics. Starting with the 1920s, it was the hub of Afro-American social and cultural life with a thriving jazz scene. This was followed by a period of decline and decadence after the Second World War that lasted until the 1990s.
Designed by Adjaye Associates, the Sugar Hill Development is part of a much wider urban revitalisation project that has involved the whole district since the late 20th century.
Mainly an affordable housing block, the programme also includes several public interest functions: an early childhood centre and a children’s museum.
The Sugar Hill Development has a dual link with the city. On the one hand, it incorporates a public...