Perkins Eastman | QLIC


Long Island City, New York
Queens Plaza, an area 20 years ago known for municipal parking lots, industrial buildings, and adult entertainment, is now an emerging neighborhood with residential, commercial, and hotel developments. Taking advantage of this trend, World Wide Group, a long-standing client, wanted a project that would attract trendy and gadget-conscious, first time renters. Perkins Eastman designed a 21–story, 421 unit market rate rental building offering 28,000 sf of amenities. This includes a fitness center, bike room, dog grooming station, indoor parking, private garden, and outdoor pool on the roof with a 360 degree view landscaped deck. The base of the building has 8,400 sf of ground floor retail space.

In 2001, NYC Planning revised the zoning regulations for 37 blocks in Long Island City (LIC) creating the LIC Special District. The new zoning district created mixed-use zones by combining manufacturing with residential use. With the building taking up a half a city block, the challenge was to design a project that does not overpower its surroundings. There are three residential wings of varying heights, rotated around a common lobby level courtyard and green roof. The ten–story wings to the north and west match the height of their neighbors but also the common street wall. The main tower faces the bridge approach acting as a supporting role in a play.

Breathtaking sunset views of the Manhattan skyline can be seen from the 10th floor glass-enclosed common entertaining space and adjoining roof garden and pool. The panelized rainscreen exterior system is a combination of custom blended thin brick, two-toned gray metal panels, deep red highlights and woven wire balconies creating a hip, industrial aesthetic attuned to both the LIC historical context and its new inhabitants.

The project is designed to LEED Silver Certification status and incorporates typical sustainable strategies for construction waste, air quality, recycled, and regional materials, as well as innovative stormwater management, water efficient landscaping, heat recovery and a co-generation electrical plant.