The Dance Building

11 Stories / 60,000 sf
2002 Completion

CB Developers

Rawlings architects pc

De Nardis Associates
Structural Engineer

Laszlo Bodak
MEPF Engineer

Acoustic Dimensions


Wojciechowski Design

RC Dolner Construction
Construction Manager


AIA / New York
Inaugural Housing Design Award 2005

The Dance Building was developed as a partnership between the non-profit Dance Theater Workshop (DTW) and a for-profit developer. DTW occupies the lower floors of the building while the upper floors consist of 12 loft apartments on eight floors, including four full-floor units. Services are designed to allow for renovation of each apartment with no disruption of the other units.

The Dance Building is a mixed use building comprised of a non-profit arts organization with a modern dance theater and luxury residential condominiums. It is located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. The residential development consists of 12 loft condominiums on floors 4-11, which include:

  • Large expanses of glass, bringing generous amounts of light into the apartments
  • Column-free layouts that allow a variety of build-out configurations
  • A high-end Bulthaup kitchen and a custom designed master bathroom
  • Private outdoor balcony or terrace space for each apartment
  • A penthouse apartment that has access to a private roof terrace from an exterior stairway.

These apartments are all designed to allow for future fitout and renovations with minimal disruption to neighbors. Rawlings architects pc designed the fitout of 4 of the 12 apartments.

“It is a very nice representation of the uses involved. The contrasts between the building and it surroundings, with the long ribbon windows, help highlight the fact [that] there’s an important cultural institution at the base of the building. It’s not just housing, it is a very special place.”
– AIA Housing Award Jury Comment