the switch building by narchitects is a 7 level apartment building complete with an art gallery in new york’s lower east side. completed in 2007 the building stands out with it angular front façade. inside the building features 5 apartments and an art gallery on the main floor and basement. the narrow downtown lot required some careful planning by the architects. the front façade is a contemporary reinterpretation of the bay window, providing views for each unit. each unit has a similar plan but the different angles of the faced at the front and the placement of the balconies in the rear, give each unit different lighting. the building is clad in galvalume, while the gallery features a black hot-rolled steel and glass storefront that opens completely
onto the street.
photos by frank oudeman