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SoHo Condo Conversion at 25 Mercer Street Used as Pop-Up Art Space

Shantell Martin's work on a fourth floor elevator at 25 Mercer Street. Credit: Roy RochlinShantell Martin's work on a fourth floor elevator at 25 Mercer Street. Credit: Roy Rochlin

Michael Kirchmann’s GDS Development is working to convert two SoHo buildings – five-story 25 Mercer Street and three-story 27 Mercer Street – into one condo project, dubbed 25 Mercer. Before residents move in, some of the spaces got a bit of an artistic touch.

Rendering of the front of 25 Mercer. Credit: GDSNY

Rendering of the front of 25 Mercer. Credit: GDSNY

The first artist to get to work was Shantell Martin, who contributed two works to the space – a hard line pen drawing over the fourth floor elevator doors (seen above) and a spray paint installation along the ceilings, walls, and floors. Some of her work actually remains intact under the new finishing as part of the foundation of the building.

Shantell Martin at work. Credit: Roy Rochlin

Shantell Martin at work. Credit: Roy Rochlin

Shantell Martin at work. Credit: Roy Rochlin

Shantell Martin at work. Credit: Roy Rochlin

Shantell Martin's work at 25 Mercer. Credit: Roy Rochlin

Shantell Martin’s work at 25 Mercer. Credit: Roy Rochlin

Shantell Martin at work at 25 Mercer. Credit: Roy Rochlin

Shantell Martin at work at 25 Mercer. Credit: Roy Rochlin

Shantell Martin sits amongst her work at 25 Mercer. Credit: Roy Rochlin

Shantell Martin sits amongst her work at 25 Mercer. Credit: Roy Rochlin

Then there was Matthew Schreiber, a protégé of MacArthur genius grant-winner James Turrell. He put together an impressive laser installation in the space as ballet dancer Kathryn Boren performed choreography through the installation. Schreiber controlled the lasers in unison with Boren’s movement.

Kathryn Boren performs for Matthew Schreiber at 25 Mercer. Credit: Nigel Barker

Kathryn Boren performs for Matthew Schreiber at 25 Mercer. Credit: Nigel Barker

Kathryn Boren performs for Matthew Schreiber at 25 Mercer. Credit: Nigel Barker

Kathryn Boren performs for Matthew Schreiber at 25 Mercer. Credit: Nigel Barker

Kathryn Boren performs for Matthew Schreiber at 25 Mercer. Credit: Nigel Barker

Kathryn Boren performs for Matthew Schreiber at 25 Mercer. Credit: Nigel Barker

The building is located between Canal Street and Grand Street. That is within the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District. However, most of the conversion work on the 1867 structures was done internally. So, little had to go before the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Sales of the GDSNY and Fogarty Finger-designed development have already launched. Units include a townhouse, a penthouse (complete with a rooftop pool), and lofts.

Rendering of 25 Mercer front roof. Credit: GDSNY

Rendering of 25 Mercer front roof. Credit: GDSNY

Rendering of 25 Mercer west roof. Credit: GDSNY

Rendering of 25 Mercer west roof. Credit: GDSNY

Prior to the conversion, some of the residents were actress Mary-Kate Olsen, Swedish designer Johan Lindeberg, architect Annabelle Selldorf, and French photographer Simon Chaput.

“The building is steeped in a century of rich history, particularly with artists and performers over the past 40 years,” Kirchmann told YIMBY. “GDSNY saw it as an opportunity to embrace that history, and provide a platform to move that story to a new chapter.”

25 Mercer Street and 27 Mercer Street, September 2014. Photo via Google Maps

25 Mercer Street and 27 Mercer Street, September 2014. Photo via Google Maps

“This is one of our favorite projects, it’s a great location, a great building and a great client,” Fogarty Finger’s Chris Fogarty told YIMBY. “These stunning residences reflect our exacting standards and commitment to design.”

1 Comment on "SoHo Condo Conversion at 25 Mercer Street Used as Pop-Up Art Space"

  1. Tell me to dance at night club tonight, I like hand art and ray of light.

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