P.R.O. - PETERSON RICH OFFICE

New York, NY

with

QUARRA STONE COMPANY

Madison, WI

TDR TOWER In light of falling confidence in world markets and near 0% interest on government bonds, New York City real estate has become a financial safe haven. With ground level sites almost entirely occupied, developers have turned their interests skyward. Under pressure to create new investment opportunities, the City Planning Commission has eliminated height restrictions across the city, inadvertently spurring an entirely new building typology: site-less towers. These slender forms, tapered to the sky exposure plane, touch terra firma in the most minimal way. Cores and basic structure anchor into micro-sites, alleys, and rear yards. The stilted towers straddle ground level buildings and site boundaries on Manhattan Island, unlocking the full potential of the air above. Team: Miriam Peterson, Nathan Rich, Peter DePasquale, Wade Cotton, Shengning Zhang, Evan Desmond Yee

TDR TOWER

In light of falling confidence in world markets and near 0% interest on government bonds, New York City real estate has become a financial safe haven. With ground level sites almost entirely occupied, developers have turned their interests skyward. Under pressure to create new investment opportunities, the City Planning Commission has eliminated height restrictions across the city, inadvertently spurring an entirely new building typology: site-less towers. These slender forms, tapered to the sky exposure plane, touch terra firma in the most minimal way. Cores and basic structure anchor into micro-sites, alleys, and rear yards. The stilted towers straddle ground level buildings and site boundaries on Manhattan Island, unlocking the full potential of the air above.

Team: Miriam Peterson, Nathan Rich, Peter DePasquale, Wade Cotton, Shengning Zhang, Evan Desmond Yee

P.R.O. practices a publicly engaged design philosophy. We believe architecture and urban design can be valuable tools to stimulate dialogue about our cities, our workplaces, our homes, and the policies that shape urban life. We look for opportunities in all our projects to address these issues, and when the right projects don't exist yet, we invent them. 

The P.R.O. team is an ever-evolving group of friends, collaborators, employees, and experts. We work across a variety of project types, from gallery installations, to new buildings, to urban plans.

For 5x5, P.R.O. collaborated with the fabrication team at Quarra Stone Company. Quarra fabricates and supplies natural stone in collaboration with some of the leading art and design practices in the world. Based in Madison, WI, Quarra utilizes 7-axis fabrication techniques and is pushing the boundaries in digital manufacturing with stone.

 

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