Robert A.M. Stern Architects
The Abington House evokes an industrial heritage in both its materials and exterior details. The building's landscape relates to the character of the adjacent High Line: the landscape shifts as elevation changes from a lush and shaded forested grove in the courtyard to more open, sunny and mineral environments as one ascends the structure. The off-street entry brings visitors under the High Line into a gracious courtyard. The front porch terrace, just 15 feet away from the High Line, balances formal program with a hillside native planting. The sun terrace on the 22nd floor offers mounded and planted islands to create congenial places in both sun and shade. The party terrace, the highest outdoor space, integrates lounge-like outdoor rooms and dining facilities with thickly planted buffers for visual and aural privacy.
The building's landscape is a vertical expression of ecotones: the landscape shifts as elevation changes from a lush, forested grove in the courtyard to progressively more open, sunny environments toward the upper terraces.