208 West 96th Street Condominium NYC 208 West 96th Street is a ten-story, high-end condominium building with nine floor-through residential units from the 2nd through 9th floors, and a ground floor commercial unit. Designed for a standard New York City mid-block lot, the zoning and building codes largely determined the building's volume and shape. However, each site always possesses its unique potential that, if properly exploited, will offer the building its own aesthetic and identity. The uniqueness of this site is that it faces a wide street that provides excellent visual vantages, and a narrow adjacent vacant lot to the west suggests a potential river view. There is also an opportunity to utilize a 22" zone in front of the building volume for terraces that is allowed by the building code. The strategy is to develop the front of the building into a three-dimensional façade, a transition zone between the public and the private domain, which also serves as an extension of the building volume for the residences to reach out. Curved Juliet balconies of varying shapes are introduced to each floor. The front curtain wall panels, arranged differently among the floors as well, form a vertically curving pattern. The northwest corners of all the floors are cut back, again with different angles, to enhance the transition zone and create an affinity towards the Hudson River. To culminate, a multi-curved transparent veil, made of white powder-coated steel panels with laser cut perforations of varying densities, covers the entire front of the building that appropriates a soft and distinct image for the project. The gradated patterns created by these perforations create interactive layers of light and space that engage both its residents and passersby. The most open part of the perforated veil points to the northwest highlighting dramatic views of the Hudson River and the surrounding city. The building perceptually changes dramatically from day to night. The entrance lobby, an extension of the transition zone, ushers in the architectural language of transparent layering with more sensitive details, colors and textures for those visiting or returning home.