SLCE Architects / Arquitectonica
East Coast 1 is part of a complex of seven East Coast Development buildings that lie at the north end of Hunter's Point on the former Pepsi Cola bottling plant site. They have transformed this Long Island City location from a post-industrial, contaminated waterfront to a vibrant and walkable neighborhood.
Prominently sited like the prow of a ship overlooking Manhattan and the East River, the site work on East Coast 1 encompasses two terraces flanking an upper tower. One is a graphically legible extensive green roof surrounding the elevator bulkhead. The occupiable terrace uses minimal and nautically-inspired materials to allow the dramatic water vista to dominate the experience. Adjacent private units are screened with lush plantings, and domestic hardwood acoustical panels provide a sound screen to the mechanical equipment.
The bold graphic legibility of the terraces is pleasing to visitors and upper floor residents alike.