New Soho Building Features Cast Aluminum Facade
Architecture & Interiors
A new condominium building in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood has found a way to both blend into and stand apart from the area’s distinctive architectural style. XOCO 325 (aka 325 West Broadway) is a luxury apartment building that features the usual amenities expected of New York’s tony residences—walls of glass, outsized square footage, designer fixtures, LEED™ certification—but its most distinctive feature is its cast aluminum facade, a homage to Soho’s famous pre-war buildings.
Occupying what was once a chocolate factory, XOCO 325 was designed by DDG, a multi-disciplinary firm which calls its latest project “a modern interpretation of the district’s historic cast-iron loft buildings,” a collection of 250 buildings long ago given landmark status. DDG’s reinterpretation trades in the vernacular’s delicate ornamentation for a chunkier sculptural version, echoing as much Antoni Gaudi’s neo-Gothic architecture as Soho’s most coveted old buildings.