|Project||Twin Parks Northwest, Site 4|
|Architect||Prentice, Chan Ohlhausen|
|Address||Folin St. and Tiebout Ave., Crane Square|
|Building Type||Slab, double-loaded, skip stop|
|Number of Dwellings||c.40|
|Dwelling Types||studio, 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 br. dwellings, flats and duplexes, some single-loaded, some thru apts.|
|Section Type||flats and maisonettes|
|brick, metal windows|
|Construction Type||R-C frame, flat slab|
|Ancillary Services||laundry room|
The Twin Parks Northwest section of the Bronx was the location of several "vestpocket" projects sponsored by the New York State Urban Development Corporation in the late 1960's and early 1970's. All of these projects were infill housing situations, using vacant lots among existing buildings to add new housing without the usual building clearance. Built at the edge of a steep bluff, the 19 story tower visually terminates Crane Square. A public walkway passes beneath the building connecting Crane Square and the buildings on top of the bluff to Webster Avenue below by a public ramp and stair.Parking is provided along Webster Avenue. The open structure of the promenade through the building defines the entrance lobby and a connecting laundry and sitting area which opens to each side of the building to small, walled-in gardens, one a childrens' play area, the other a public sitting area.
The tower is organized in a unique section that provides a diverse mix of apartments that range in size from studio flats to 5 bedroom duplexes. There are several different typical tower plans each with different corridors lengths and different combinations of flats and duplexes. The larger apartments all have living, dining and kitchen at one corridor level with an interior stair connecting to bedrooms and baths above. In the ends of the building the large duplexes take up the whole width of the tower, while most of the small dwellings in the center section have frontage only to one side but with entrance as well from the bedroom level. A fascinating elevation results from the complex packaging of different apartments with a repeating rhythm of windows made of one typical window module used to make one, two, three or four unit combinations.
E.K. Thompson (ed), Apartments, Townhouses & Condominiums, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1975,pp. 158-9
Joseph De Chiara, Time Saver Standards for Residential Development, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1974, p. 38
Architectural Forum, June, 1973, pp. 59-60.