Apartment Building Courtyard Renovation
Acheson Doyle Partners Architects (ADP) was engaged by the owner of an historic 1924 apartment building in Manhattan’s Inwood neighborhood to oversee the design and reconstruction of the exterior courtyard mezzanine and plaza. Structural deterioration of the mezzanine over time had reached the point where it could no longer be safely used. Long term settlement of the plaza had resulted in drainage problems. Working with structural engineers Old Structures Engineering, ADP’s design for the reconstructed mezzanine recreated many of the original significant architectural elements. The new balustrade was designed to be easy to maintain and contextual with the building architecture while providing more open site lines across the courtyard.
The reconstructed concrete plaza was repitched to provide adequate drainage and scored in a grid pattern to provide a more intimate scale. Exterior stairways were rebuilt and stairway railings replaced. The owner provided simple landscaping at the courtyard center that allowed for easy circulation throughout. Construction work was completed in 2012.