Anna Gonzalez Apartments
The joint goals of OCV Architects and CAMBA Housing Ventures for Anna Gonzalez Apartments were to develop rental apartments that are enriched with social services for formerly homeless tenants and to create units that are affordable to lower income families. The project is created in large part to meet the needs of families and individuals requiring ongoing supportive services, such as in the case of mental illness chemical addiction or HIV/AIDS. This renovation transformed an abandoned four-story furniture warehouse and joined it to a five-story new construction addition, creating 99 units of affordable and supportive housing for lower-income individuals and formerly homeless individuals exiting the City’s shelter system. The project includes ground floor rental commercial space, on-site case management, community rooms for tenant and community use, and a landscaped back patio and garden. Sponsored by CAMBA Housing Ventures and funded by the City of New York Department of Housing preservation & Development and Dormitory Authority State of NY the property is 62,000 square feet and loaded with sustainable features which were achieved with the following: 2 sustainable sites, materials with indoor environmental quality, water efficiency and indoor sound control from the building envelope. The Anna Gonzalez Apartments are located near a range of amenities and are close to major public transportation. Due to the close proximity of the elevated subway, each unit has double pane windows and is equipped with its own thru-wall heating and air conditioning system. The double pane technology allows the tenants to enjoy the historical New York elevated subway, without the inconvenience and environmental hazards of the noise. Oaklander, Coogan & Vitto, P.C., Architects is an experienced and innovative architectural design firm, practicing in the New York Metropolitan Area since 1973. We have developed an expertise in low income housing, producing over 1,000 apartments of spacious and handsome design within a restrictive economic framework. Through years of building in New York City with various public and private agencies and funding sources, we have developed standards that allow for high quality building materials including real wood flooring, innovative building enclosures, fully landscaped outdoor roof and garden spaces, rooftop amenities and architecturally loaded units with natural light, high ceilings with efficient and 'green' mechanical systems. Much of our work involves the renovation of existing structures. The particular challenge, and beauty of this project is the unification of an existing historical New York Loft, with a modern concrete plank addition. The buildings are joined with a skylite atrium that is accessible from both buildings bringing light into the elevator lobby. Clearly, we chose to contrast the two blocks, setting the new block back from the street line so that formally it complements the existing elevation without competing with it. We planned the project so that all entry to the residential portion of the building is through the loft building where the existing cast iron columns were preserved and bathed in natural light.


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