25-21 43rd Avenue
Long Island City, NY
Leonard Fusco AIA
Rising nine stories with 86 condominium units, the 90,000 square foot 43rd Avenue Condos, also known as the Dutch LIC, is located directly over a subway line tunnel. This became both a challenge and inspiration. The solution was to integrate a cantilever steel truss building support into the façade design that would showcase the base structural support and enable the pedestrian to experience it.
The design gives the development a distinctive identity that draws inspiration from and connects with its environment. The building emulates the industrial heritage of the neighborhood with a modern approach. The brick brings it back to the area’s manufacturing past while the exposed structural elements, glass and metal panel arrangement make it contemporary and contextual. The lobby will feature a hanging wood ceiling with pendant lights, large wall mural, metal wall panels, and a textured wall. The tenant lounge is adjacent to the lobby and carries through the material palette along with metal drapery. The ground floor has 17 residential parking spaces and a bike room for 45 bicycles. The 2nd floor will have residential units, an outdoor terrace, and recreation space. Floors three through nine will have residences ranging from studios to 3 bedrooms. The rooftop has a public terrace with an entertainment area/bar and 2 private terraces.