New York, New York
IBI Group Gruzen Samton completed a mixed-use building in 2007 containing Touro Women’s College at its base and residential condominium apartments in its tower. The building is located at 225 West 60th Street. The 40,000 sf Touro Women’s College is located in five levels between the cellar and third floors. The college includes a double-height gym, library, cafeteria, three laboratories, 17 classrooms, administrative, faculty and student offices, and a terrace accessible from the second floor. Its liberal arts and sciences program serves a student population of 425 students.
The 115,000 sf apartment building occupies the fourth through eighteenth floors. An exercise room and community room on the fourth floor has access to a common terrace. The 80 apartments include one-, two- and three-bedroom units.
The massing of the building is articulated in plan and elevation. The college is located at the street line establishing a pedestrian scale. Taking advantage of the site’s severe slope, there are separate entrances and circulation cores for the two uses. Above the base, the residential tower is set back from the street, permitting a distinct identity to each of the two uses. The exterior treatment of glass, metal and architectural concrete reinforces the identity of the base as a civic building, and the tower as a residential building. The tower is also set back on its west façade, creating private terraces for the 17th and 18th floor apartments that face the Hudson River. A long window projection at the top of the building is clad in metal panels that also act as a screen wall, surrounding the ooftop elevator, machine room, and other equipment. This element provides the mixed-use tower with a distinctive identity amidst the Upper West Side skyline.