2023 Plimpton-Poorvu Design Prize, First Prize: “The Gansevoort: Design for Longevity”

A graphic of a large set of buildings on a coast.

by Xinxin Cheryl Lin (MArch II ’24), Vivian Cheng (MAUD ’23), and Pinyang Paul Chen (MRE ’24, MLAUD ’23) — Recipients of the Plimpton-Poorvu Design Prize, First Prize.

In Manhattan’s embrace, a testament to longevity,

The Gansevoort stands, a beacon of prosperity.

A fusion of humans and the environment we see,

A poetic tribute to life, in a city by the sea.

As healthcare progresses, individuals are enjoying longer, healthier lives, shifting the focus towards holistic well-being rather than just treating illnesses. The Gansevoort embraces the cultural and technological drive for longer lives and explores its impacts, implications, and opportunities for envisioning new urban living at the Gansevoort Peninsula in Manhattan, New York. We propose a mixed-use, multi-family housing complex—a “mini-city” that champions healthy city planning, cutting-edge urban strategies, and enhances the longevity of its residents, neighborhood, and environment. Our proposal seeks to cultivate a vibrant community that promotes well-being and healthy living by combining exceptional urban spaces, prime location, and a dynamic community culture. Embracing modular designs and eco-friendly building practices, we aim to develop a circular waterfront community that benefits both the environment and its inhabitants. By applying these sustainable design principles, the project can reduce its environmental footprint and lower long-term operating costs.

Given the project’s proximity to popular attractions like High Line, Little Island, and Hudson River Park, it has the potential to attract significant foot traffic and boost retail and commercial revenue. The Gansevoort focuses on sustainable building practices and leveraging its prime location for revenue growth while acknowledging risks like climate, regulation, competition, macroeconomic environments, market cycles, construction delays and hazards. The economic strategy for this modular mixed-use development at the Gansevoort focuses on employing sustainable and cost-effective building methods.

The Gansevoort reimagines the scale of the block to create intimate, human-scaled spaces for daily activities and improved pedestrian access. This approach fosters a healthy, vibrant, and inviting neighborhood that celebrates the longevity of both humans and the environment within Manhattan’s bustling cityscape. The Gansevoort aims to re-establish a more interactive and reciprocal relationship between humans and the built environment by implementing a design strategy to reengage peoples’ physical experience and spatial perception, targeting both the physical, mental, and social health of human, while foregrounding the resiliency and sustainability of the urban environment for all living beings to thrive.