Marin Hill is a 12 unit multi-family housing development located in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, just west of Manhattan. The project is sited on the top of a hill at one of the highest elevations in town, capturing sweeping views of the Meadowlands and distant Manhattan skyline. The 2-story building is elevated to enhance views, floating above an open-air tenant parking lot below.
The property, previously occupied as a masonry equipment storage yard, is set substantially back from the street, absent of any direct street frontage. In order to gain adequate drive access into the site, a careful re-subdivision was negotiated with the neighboring lot which is currently occupied by a two-story single family dwelling. Significant elevation changes at the north and west property boundaries required extensive reinforcement of the existing perimeter retaining walls.
Conceptually, the new drive access into the site is considered as a “street”, a cul-de-sac of sorts. A playfully perforated masonry screen wall enlivens this new “streetscape” as it stretches out to engage the street front, drawing residents into the site and towards the building entry. The wall also serves to buffer the backyard of the neighboring property. Upon approach the building cantilevers out over the sidewalk, gesturing towards the entry while providing cover from the elements. Private outdoor terraces hover above, imbuing a welcoming sense of community.
The materiality of the project pays homage to the town’s rich history of brick manufacturing dating back to the 18th century. Lightly colored, textured bricks are delicately purposed alongside standing seam metal cladding and exposed concrete. Red Cedar tongue and groove soffit linings provide a subtle sense of warmth at private outdoor terraces.