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4540 Center Boulevard

Sector

Campuses

Service

Landscape Architecture

Client

TF Cornerstone

Location

Long Island City, NY

Status

Complete

Completion

2012

Architect

SLCE Architects / Arquitectonica

4540 Center Boulevard, formerly known as East Coast 1, is part of a complex of seven 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 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.  

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