This mid block site is bordered on one side by a 5 story brick apartment building and on the other by a one story car repair shop, painted yellow.

The prototype works well to mediate between the different heights and tonalities of these buildings. The two toned, one story, brick wall connects the one story base of the adjacent apartment building with the one story wall of the commercial building. The massing of the bedroom wing successfully nestles in the L-shaped space left by the neighboring apartment buildings.

The garden, an important programmatic component, takes advantage of sunlight and air provided by the open space in the center of the traditional New York City block.

Owner: The Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
Client: New York State Facilities Development Corporation / Dormitory Authority of the State of New York
Area: 7,000 square feet Construction Cost: $1,300,000 each (1991 cost)
Scope of Services: Complete Architectural and Engineering Services for all Phases Except Contract Bidding and Negotiations (provided by FDC)
Funding: The Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities

Architect: Françoise Bollack Architects
Structural Engineering Consultant: Robert Silman Associates
Geotechnical Engineering Consultant: Raamot Associates
Controlled Inspections: Simon Sauberman
Mechanical Engineering Consultant: Bressman/ Herman