Donna Dotan Lobby.


Spurred by the rising market for luxury housing in Lower Manhattan, the architects transformed the Printing House—an iconic industrial building in the West Village—from cramped loft apartments created in the 1970s into a hip new address. The change of attitude emerges in the sleek steel canopy added at the building entrance and continues into the lobby, where white surfaces play as a neutral foil to a glazed, green tile vault that survives from the building’s original 1911 construction. The team’s texture-rich approach to the revamp of the building comes to bear in the laser-cut, blackened steel panels used in the lobby redesign. But the main challenge was solving the puzzle of converting the 100 available units scattered throughout the building into 64 new residences—all with double-height living rooms and large-scale windows that fill the spaces with natural light. The new units preserve the concept of bedroom lofts introduced in the ’70s, while improving light distribution deep into spaces, which are outfitted with modern amenities. “For me, the appeal is less about the specific unit design and more about the quiet sophistication of the common areas,” juror Josh Shelton said. “I like the way all that works together as a color palette and material palette.”

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Donna Dotan Exterior.

Typical kitchen.
Donna Dotan Typical kitchen.

Typical kitchen.
Donna Dotan Typical kitchen.

Living room.
Donna Dotan Living room.

Donna Dotan Lobby.


Ground-level plan.
Courtesy Workshop/apd Ground-level plan.

Second-level plan.
Courtesy Workshop/apd Second-level plan.

Project Credits

Project  Printing House, New York
Architect  Workshop/apd, New York—Andrew Kotchen, Assoc. AIA, Matthew Berman, Thomas Zoli, Ryan Erb, J. Tyler Marshall, Brook Quach, Daniel Burns, Kristyn Bock, Christina Pino, Xandro Aventajado
General Contractor  Foundations Group
Interior Designer  Workshop/apd
Architect of Record  MZA Architecture + Expediting
Landscape Design  Gunn Landscape Architecture
Graphics  Pentagram
Structural Engineer  Grace Consulting Engineers
M/E/P Engineer  AMA Consulting Engineers
Woodwork  Adam Wilk
Photography  Donna Dotan
Project Size  100,000 square feet
Units in Project  64
Construction Cost  Withheld