Design Vault Ep. 18 The Lively with John Zimmer


Design Vault Ep. 18 The Lively with John Zimmer


John has been a practicing architect for over thirty years. He combines a passion for design with a deep knowledge of construction technologies, building codes, and project management.

A graduate of Cornell University, John spent the early part of his career in San Francisco. He later moved on to work for larger New York City based architecture firms and owned a small practice. In addition to his work experience,


John has taught a senior-level design studio at Cornell and has been a guest design critic at both Cornell and Parsons. John has designed a variety of award-winning public and private sector works that range in size from whole city blocks to small studio apartments. His resume includes dozens of cultural, educational, commercial, and residential projects, and is balanced between ground-up new construction and renovations. Guided by a belief that the best results are achieved when equal attention is paid to both concept and craft, his process is open, flexible, collaborative, and tailored to suit different clients’ particular needs.




Jersey City’s liveliest neighborhood is the Powerhouse Arts District. It’s no coincidence that luxury rental, The Lively, offering studios to three-bedrooms, is named so, given the breadth of cultural, recreational, and social activities taking place inside and outside the building. In fact, the Nimbus Dance Company is housed within the mixed-use podium and is situated behind a glass curtain wall along with a 150-seat black box theater, dance studio, rehearsal space, and triple-height lobby that doubles as an event space. The top floor of the tower is equally active and offers resort-like amenities, including a fitness room, communal dining space, library, game room, lounge, co-working space, children’s playroom, roof deck with pool and dining areas. The building is distinguished by its ivory brick and glass facade accented by a bronze frame motif. The façade exudes its own energy created by the multi-story window bands that are arranged in a syncopated pattern.


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