August 14 2013

In case you haven’t heard, the West Village’s historical Printing House is to undergo a complete facelift. Built in 1910 as a printing factory, the building now houses over 60 entirely unique residences by workshop/apd, with Gunn Landscape Architecture to design the modern garden (the Mews).

To transform the dark and defunct passageway between residences, Gunn proposed a sleek steel slatted entry gate, clean-lined concrete paving throughout, and strategically positioned green walls, climbing vines, and shade gardens. The path is to be lined with Japanese pagoda trees, which blossom midsummer to reveal soft white flowers, and mounded shade plantings of holly, different fern varieties, hakone grass, anemone, and other native species. Highlighted moments of sculpture, clean concrete benches, and a stepping path through the shaded meadow will offer a welcome contrast in texture, as well as a space for contemplative seating. The design creates optimum views for strolling along the meandering path as well as enjoying the view from the one of impressively designed interiors (including model residences by Carrier and Company Interiors, Rafael de Cardenas / Architecture at Large, Studio Tim Campbell, and workshop/apd).

Whether used as a thoroughfare, a shortcut between buildings, or as a relaxed atmosphere in which to linger, the new and improved Mews will be an invaluable commodity to the residents of The Printing House and the West Village community. See the building’s website here for more information, and be sure to check back with us soon for photos and updates on the project’s progress.

Image courtesy of Printing House West Village.