A project built with Glen-Gery Klaycoat brick, Carmel Place, was recently recognized in the international category at the 40th Annual Brick Development Association Awards ceremony in London, England. The annual Brick Awards celebrate brick in every aspect of design and construction, recognizing the excellence of architects, brick contractors, brick and its manufacturers. It has established a reputation as one of the industry’s most respected and well-attended events.
nARCHITECTS’ Carmel Place (formerly known as My Micro NY), with Monadnock Development, is the winning proposal in adAPT NYC – an initiative launched as part of former Mayor Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan to accommodate the city’s growing small household population.
Situated in Kips Bay, Manhattan, Carmel Place is one of the first multi-unit Manhattan buildings using modular construction. The entire structure was clad with Glen-Gery Klaycoat brick.
The stunning project has picked up awards from a variety of associations. It was awarded LEED Silver Certification, the Innovation by Design Award 2016: Spaces, Places Cities, an AIA NY Chapter Design Honor Award, a Gold Brick in Architecture Award, and was an Architizer A+ Awards Finalist, as well as the recent recognition in the UK awards.
The architects’ aim was to provide a new social framework for small households that emphasizes nested scales of community rather than individual residents. The 11-foot-wide ‘towers’ reflect this goal by celebrating the beauty of small dimensions, while not highlighting individual micro units on the exterior. The use of four shades of grey brick make connections to the project’s local context, while also placing Carmel Place within New York’s long legacy of brick used in housing.
“Glen-Gery was selected because it allowed for custom color and texture to help distinguish Carmel Place’s four combined volumes yet tie them together as a single building,” said Ammr Vandal, Associate Principal, nARCHITECTS PLLC.
Glen-Gery’s Klaycoat range offers a world of new options to fuel the imagination in building with brick. The surface of a Klaycoat brick is breathable, which is an important advantage in many applications. Liquids and vapors pass in and out without damaging the permeable surface, while maintaining the look of classic brick.
With over 125 years of industry expertise, Glen-Gery is a share-leading manufacturer of brick and stone products and a distributor of in-house-manufactured and sourced exterior/interior building products to the residential and commercial channels in the US and Canadian markets. With 10 manufacturing plants and 10 company-owned distribution locations supporting builders, remodelers, contractors, architects, designers and end users, Glen-Gery is a key operating company within Ibstock plc, UK.
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