XOCO 325 is a condominium building currently nearing completion in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. Located on the site of a former chocolate factory, the structure is fronted with a custom cast-aluminum façade that appears to float over a hanging glass wall. Contrasting many of the city’s steel and glass skyscrapers, the architecture instead pays homage to SoHo’s historic cast iron buildings.
Developed, designed, built, and managed by DDG, XOCO 325 is the result of extensive research of the neighborhood, where as many as 250 cast iron loft buildings are located. The striking façade references the historic structures’ “kit of parts” industrialization, and their reliance upon componentry and patterning. In adapting this style for contemporary Manhattan, the design team opted to replicate the bay spacing found in the area, while using lightweight aluminum to maintain a sense of privacy. The façade begins on the second floor, ensuring floor-to-ceiling glazing for retail outlets at ground level.
Internally, each residence features custom sculptural plaster work, ceiling heights from 10 feet in primary living areas, private terraces and balconies for the majority of units, white oak plank floors, custom millwork, and hydronic radiant heated floors. The model residence — shown in the images above and below — is outfitted entirely in BDDW furniture and features M. Crow accessories. Amenities at XOCO 325 include a 24/7 concierge / doorman, a fitness studio with a wall of windows overlooking a landscaped private garden, and bicycle storage.