The elements of landscape that Thomas Balsley Associates has designed for 40 Mercer is integral to the dynamic and successful environment created for the modern Manhattan lifestyle, in the trendy SoHo district. A private park at the ground floor connects the bustling activity of Broadway with the sophisticated serenity of the galleries and shops that line Mercer Street. Both architecture and seasonal interests are articulated with a row of red maples that give rhythm to the park, and vibrant hues of red color in autumn.
The landmarked neighborhood of SoHo has a consistent yet varied language of architecture. The terrace for 40 Mercer seizes this opportunity with a setback terrace on the sixth floor with a two-tiered design. The upper tier affords private outdoor rooms that are framed by plantings that extend the interior spaces. The lower tier of the terrace is accessible to all of the residents, with planting providing an even greater variety of mix for outdoor space. The sequence of arriving throughout the park, and experiencing the terrace rooms, occurs within the evocative architecture of Jean Nouvel with a design language that is respectful of the past and embraces the sensibilities of the 21st Century.
Fuzhou Vanke City
Central Lake Forms Spine for Recreational Living
The Yongtai residential project, located inside the Red Cliff Scenic Area, borders the Dazhang River and consists of a 45-hectare watershed area surrounded by 12 small hills. It is part of an overall development that features a boutique hotel, a shopping street, clubhouses, residential high-rises, townhou...
Martha Stewart Summer Residence
When first approached, the property looked as if very little had changed in eighty years. Everything about it reflected an interest in summer breezes and beaches rather than labor-intensive gardening. In dramatic contrast, the new owner’s primary interest was in entertaining within a landscaped environment.
The final plan reconciles competing space requ...
Tokyo Park Tower
A new luxury residential block in Tokyo’s Jimbocho District called for a series of discreet garden and courtyard spaces that would serve as urban sanctuaries from the busy street life beyond. Water dominates the landscape language in the form of spouts, pools, water slides, and channels. A lush overlay of evergreen shrubs and flowering perennials brings the se...
SKY is a luxurious 71-story residential tower whose new at-grade and rooftop landscapes figure prominently at the western extremities of this world-famous street.
SWA/Balsley’s designs for the project merge a crisp, contemporary geometry with a refined material sensibility. The residences’ motor court stands at the front door of an otherwise transparen...