|Grace Peck Terrace|
|Thin-brick version with window bands (Holst Architecture)|
Holst presented two potential revisions for the whole building. The first featured thin bricks on most of the walls, and wider bands of windows on the five residential floors. A second option favored narrow strips of oko skin, a fiberglass reinforced concrete cladding material, with a more random pattern of windows. A common element in both schemes was enclosure of 61 small balconies that extend from apartment interiors to the outer walls.
Otte said eliminating the balconies would give tenants greater flexibility in arranging furniture and eliminate any friction among tenants as to which ones have balconies and which ones don’t. Based on testimony from one resident, however, the landmarks commission preferred to see the balconies remain – and asked if there was a means for providing balconies for ALL apartments. At present, the balconies amount to about 20 square feet each – but provide enough room for pots for flowers or tomatoes.
|Oko skin version (Holst Architecture)|
The commission did not take a formal vote on the proposals, but by consensus preferred the oko skin plan better than the one with thin bricks. The horizontal oko cladding would be a visual nod to the lap siding common om most houses nearby. Some members felt the first version with the wider window bands would make the building look too much like an office building. Jannel Waldron, a Holst designer, said the option with oko skin allows for “a more playful pattern to the windows.
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