Silver Winner 2023 – 36 Jones Street - Architecture Collection
Silver Winner of the Architecture & Design Collection Awards 2023

36 Jones Street

Housing Developments

Architect / Designer:

Esther Sperber and Ann Goldhirsch


Studio ST Architects

Design Team:

Design architect: Studio ST Architects (Esther Sperber, Ann Goldhirsch, Aaron Foley) Architect of record: Jorge Mastropietro Architects Atelier Owner’s representative: Winston Consultants, Inc. Structural engineers: Firmitas Engineering & Structural Design MEP engineers: Concord Consulting Civil engineering: Dresdner Robin General contractor: Atlantic Artisan Construction


Bilyana Dimitrova


United States
36 Jones Street is a ground-up mixed-use building located in Jersey City, New Jersey. The 2,045-square-meter structure includes an 84-square-meter street-facing commercial space and 10 apartments across five floors. The building strives to create not only individual homes, but also a sense of community for families and young professionals. It breathes new life into the burgeoning New Jersey neighborhood. The boutique-sized multifamily housing building is unusual for Jersey City, which has recently become known for its high-rise building developments with smaller living units. 36 Jones Street targets the swathe of families and young professionals looking for New York-style buildings just across the Hudson River. Its walkability and proximity to public transit facilitates access to professionals working in New York City. The building’s developer believes people are social creatures who need to connect with each other. 36 Jones Street celebrates the balance between private space in one’s apartment and communal connection in the building’s public areas. The roof deck, gym, and shared bookshelf in the lobby all offer moments of connection between residents. The building was designed to exceed the energy standards and create many opportunities of indoor/outdoor living. One-third of the building’s roof was dedicated to a green roof, reducing the heating and cooling consumption. The building offers bike storage to further encourage sustainable living. The façades exceed the required energy codes, and triple glazed windows lower energy cost while also reducing the transmission of street noise, creating a calm environment. Nestled in a quiet street, the building’s multi-tone exterior–clad with metallic, gray, stacked bond-pattern bricks and wood paneled balconies–provides a crisp, modern look that balances warmth with durability, while maintaining continuity with the vibrant surroundings. The façade is enriched by planters on each balcony and visible greenery from the communal green roof. The structure makes full use of the building site, which formerly contained an outdated single-family home. The angled dark brick façade steps back from the sidewalk and property line to maintain a regular footprint, providing a tucked away entry and a transition from the street into the building. This angled gesture widens the sidewalk in front of the building’s commercial space, whereas the entry and outdoor balconies above, demarcated by cherry wood siding, maintain continuity with the angle of the adjacent buildings and street. The design for this modern and sophisticated building addresses families’ and professionals’ needs for larger interiors, access to outdoor living spaces and affordability.

Studio ST Architects

Studio ST Architects is an award-winning, woman-owned architecture firm in New York City. Esther Sperber founded Studio ST Architects in 2003 to focus on sustainable, innovative and responsible design. We design residential, multifamily housing and institutional buildings including synagogues and other places of worship. As New York City architects, our renovations range in scale from community centers, schools and high-end apartments to affordable real-estate developments, including duplex renovations, duplex combinations as well as apartment combinations. Our firm combines unique expertise in architecture and psychology to design inspiring buildings and renovate spaces that transform people’s experiences, build deep and inclusive community connections, and create a sense of health and well-being.

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