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NY/NJ Focus | C3D ARCHITECTURE PLLC - 232 7TH AVENUE

On the Avenue

C3D SURMOUNTED MANY ISSUES IN ITS DESIGN OF 232 7TH AVENUE IN MANHATTAN. BY ALAN DORICH

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or C3D Architecture PLLC, the 232 7th
Avenue project is more than just a
mere structure. "This whole building
works like an organism," Principal
Damir Dan Sehic says. "It has its own bones,
skin and systems which have to work as a
whole, very similar to human bodies."
C3D's design for the 17-story mixed-use
building reflects that goal. The building, located in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood, will cover 55,000 square feet above
ground and feature retail space on its first
floor and apartments on its other 16 levels.
232 7th Avenue also will have a roof
terrace, a gym, an exercise bike room and a
generator, which became an essential feature in the city after Hurricane Sandy. "We
had to place the generator, which almost
looks like a shipping container, on the roof,"
he recalls.
The generator not only powers elevators
in the case of a blackout, but also fire protection and life safety systems, corridor lights
and exit signs. "It's essential thing to have in
NYC today," Sehic asserts.

Working Within Limits
Construction started on 232 7th Avenue in
spring 2015 and is on track for completion
in 2017, Sehic says. Although C3D had a
limited budget on the project, the company
still managed to design the building to be
very functional.
Apartment layouts, kitchen, bathrooms,
lighting, finishes are all very functional and also are in full compliance with
Handy-cap Law.
"That part is very important," he says,
noting that the company wanted to ensure
people like their homes. "After all, architecture is about making spaces livable and
people enjoying their apartments. They
have a life in there."
He also is proud of 232 7th Avenue's
façade, which is designed to continue
and align with the NYC street façade
with special treatment at lower levels for

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Damir Dan Sehic
» Principal
(right) and partner Paul Freitas
oversee C3D.

pedestrians to experience. "We have levels
of precast stone that's going to look like
limestone," Sehic says.
General contractor Foremost Construction and the project team poured concrete
forms that are hung on the façade, much in
the same way limestone panels would be
hung, he says. "They're very pleasing to the
eye," Sehic says. "It has this natural feel and
at the same to be within budget."
The building also will incorporate
composite panels that have two layers of
aluminum and a quarter-inch of rubber.
The panels, he notes, have a 20-year warranty and do not easily show dust. "It really
maintains its look for many years," he says.
232 7th Avenue's superstructure, he adds,
also features three-inch panels mounted
on party walls that fulfill thermal and
waterproofing functions. There will be a gap
between the panels and the concrete wall
behind them. "So if there's any rain water
that seeps between the panel and the wall,

C3D Architecture PLLC -
232 7 Avenue
www.c3darchitecture.com
* Project location: New York City
* Employees: 16 job ite workers
* Project cope: 17-story, mixed-use
building

"There's a lot of work at
nobody ees."
- Damir Dan Sehic, principal

the air circulating within the gap is going to
dry it out," Sehic says, noting that the façade
is waterproofed as well. "If there's a splash
on the wall, it will not go into the building."

Up to Code
C3D's clients wanted 232 7th Avenue's
design to allow it to easily transition into
a commercial building, if such a need presented itself, Sehic says. "That was the most
challenging thing," he admits.


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