New Look: Herzog & de Meuron’s 215 Chrystie Street

215 Chrystie Street, image from Herzog & de Meuron/Beyer Blinder Belle

A helpful tipster has sent along a fresh set of renderings for the Herzog & de Meuron-designed 215 Chrystie Street, on the Lower East Side, which will likely become the neighborhood’s first iconic high-rise. Ian Schrager and the Witkoff Group are the developers behind the project, which will have a hotel on lower floors, and condominiums above.

215 Chrystie Street

215 Chrystie Street, image from Herzog & de Meuron/Beyer Blinder Belle

The 370-room hotel will rest beneath eleven palatial residences, split between half-floor and full-floor configurations. As the latest batch of renderings make clear, the ceiling heights on upper levels will be soaring, and proportions will be enhanced by floor to ceiling glass. 215 Chrystie will stand 28 stories and 314 feet tall.

215 Chrystie Street

215 Chrystie Street, image from Herzog & de Meuron/Beyer Blinder Belle

In terms of comparisons, Herzog & de Meuron’s 56 Leonard is already rising, and the architects have another project imminent at 357 West Street, where they are also partnering with Schrager. 215 Chrystie will be eye-catching in its own right, and the new images are the first to illustrate the sheathing that will hide upper mechanicals, ensuring the building’s pinnacle tops-off in a cohesive and attractive way.

Each of Herzog & de Meuron’s designs utilize a raw, concrete facade, though the developments will be differentiated by strikingly different forms; the Jenga-like silhouette of 56 Leonard would tower over the relatively angular 215 Chrystie, and 357 West Street is a departure from both high-rises, offering a softer and more flexible take on typical concrete rigidity.

215 Chrystie Street

215 Chrystie Street, image from Herzog & de Meuron/Beyer Blinder Belle

Per on-site signage, completion of 215 Chrystie is expected at the end of 2016.

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Revealed: 215 Chrystie Street

215 Chrystie Street, pre-construction; image via Google Maps

A tipster sent along the first rendering of 215 Chrystie Street on the Lower East Side, which is being developed by Ian Schrager and The Witkoff Group. Yesterday, The New York Post reported that Herzog & de Meuron is designing the structure, while Beyer Blinder Belle is the architect of record.

215 Chrystie Street

215 Chrystie Street; image by Herzog & de Meuron/Beyer Blinder Belle

DOB permits were issued last month, and indicate the building will measure just shy of 200,000 square feet; the bulk will be divided between 370 hotel rooms, but the tower’s upper levels will have eleven residences, spanning 33,386 square feet. 215 Chrystie Street will be capped by three levels of mechanicals, which will be sheathed inside a crown — evident in the zoning diagrams — and the structure will top-out 314 feet above street level.

Given The Post’s report and additional DOB filings — which also note the project’s name as ‘The Chrystie Street Hotel’ — the condominiums will likely be super-luxe. Floors 19 through 22 will have two residences each, while 23, 24, and 25 will have full-floor penthouses.

According to the Schedule A, each of the half-floor units will measure approximately 2,300 square feet, while the penthouses will clock in at just over 4,700 square feet apiece. Given the enormous floor-plates, unobstructed views, and access to hotel amenities, pricing will be astronomical, likely setting records for the Lower East Side, which had previously been removed from the super-luxe boom. Interiors will be designed by John Pawson.

The design appears to have undergone refinements compared to previous renderings; whether the most recent image is final or not remains to be seen, but it appears to match the glimpse posted on-site.

215 Chrystie Street

215 Chrystie Street, image via Bowery Boogie

Appearance-wise, 215 Chrystie Street will be significantly more attractive than typical new developments on the Lower East Side, and Herzog & de Meuron’s involvement will hopefully herald a new icon for the neighborhood skyline. Masonry appears to divide the windows, which increase in size as the building transitions from hotels to condominiums; upper floors will have soaring ceilings, and views from within will be dramatic and expansive.

Completion of The Chrystie Hotel is expected by the winter of 2016.

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Permits Filed: 141 Bowery

141 Bowery at center -- image via Google Maps

The first permits are up for a new mixed-use building at 141 Bowery; the site’s developer is Patrick Wu of Global Joint Venture, Inc., and the architect of record is Raymond Chan.

141 Bowery will measure 35,192 square feet, and the building will stand eleven stories and 104 feet tall. The first five floors will have retail and offices spanning 19,189 square feet, as well as 783 square feet for an ambulatory care center.

Above, twenty apartments will split an additional 15,220 square feet.

The location and choice of architect would indicate that 141 Bowery will be developed with a relatively low budget in mind, and while no renderings have been released, Chan’s portfolio hopefully excludes the possibility of something awful. Given the scope, the project will be simple filler, though it will replace a relatively attractive pre-war low-rise.

141 Bowery

141 Bowery — image via Google Maps

Previously approved filings had shown a five-story expansion to the existing structure, though evidently the design has been revised with demolition now in mind.

No completion date has been announced.

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185-191 Bowery, image from Bowery Boogie

185-191 Bowery [Bowery Boogie]: A CitizenM Hotel at 185-191 Bowery has been approved by the DoB, and a 19-story, 219-foot building will soon on-site. An early rendering of the 300-room, nearly 80,000 square-foot building, shows a huge setback from the street, and a structure that very closely resembles the CitizenM Hotel at 218 West 50th Street.

165 Smith Street [Brownstoner]: A five-story residential building is planned for 165 Smith Street in Boerum Hill, on the northeast corner of Smith and Wyckoff streets. The new development will house eight apartments in nearly 11,000 square feet of space, in addition to “3,163 square feet of ground floor retail”. Demolition has yet to begin.

30-25 21st Street [Curbed]: A seven-story residential building at 30-25 21st Street, in Astoria, “is nearing completion,” and the building should be beneficial to the neighborhood of low-rise proportions. Angelo & Anthony Architects Studios have designed the 22-unit structure, and its brick and glass facade should have no problem blending in.

5-41 47th Road [DNAinfo New York]: Developer Ascent took a step in a new direction by building a townhouse at 5-41 47th Road in Hunter’s Point. Doused in waterfront high-rise development, Ascent’s building is offering luxury seekers a new type of living, in what will be a three-unit, three-story structure.

East New York Redevelopment [NY Daily News]: East New York has been targeted as the first of fifteen neighborhoods where Mayor De Blasio pledges to build “80,000 new affordable apartments and preserve another 120,000” over the next decade. Multiple subway lines intersect East New York, which makes it ripe for redevelopment, and it “offers a 30-minute commute to lower Manhattan.”

Gowanus Development Potential [NY Daily News]: The New York State Historic Preservation Office has decided not to move forward with a Gowanus Canal historic district, that would have severely restricted the Canal’s redevelopment potential. Properties lining the waterway are mostly commercial warehouses and vacant lots, which are ultimately unworthy of preservation.

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215 Chrystie Street -- image via Bowery Boogie

215 Chrystie Street [Bowery Boogie]: Ian Schrager’s mixed-use project at 215 Chrystie Street is finally seeing action. A green plywood fence has been erected in addition to an on-site rendering revealing the glassy, 28-story tower. With a targeted completion date of 2016, the first 18 floors will be a hotel, while the remainder will be residential.

52 Lispenard Street [Curbed]: Developer Murat Bugdaycay is constructing a seven story townhouse at 52 Lispenard Street in the Tribeca East Historic District. The townhouse will have “seven units, ranging from 2,500 to 4,700 square feet,” accompanied by a triplex penthouse. Bugdaycay is also restoring a five-story townhouse at 54 Lispenard.

388 Bridge Street [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]: Construction has finished at 388 Bridge Street in Downtown Brooklyn, resulting in never-before-seen views of the city – and people are taking note, with the building “renting at a rate of one [unit] per day”. 388 Bridge won’t stay in the spotlight for long, as a plethora of nearby skyscrapers are already rising, or will soon sprout.

21-16 44th Drive [The Court Square Blog]: A rendering has been posted on-site at the recently demolished 21-16 44th Drive, in Hunter’s Point. Depicted is a “seven-story mixed-used project,” with an anticipated completion date of mid-2015. Since demolition, no activity has been reported, and construction permits have yet to be filed.

121 Plymouth Street [Brownstoner]: Demolition permits have been submitted for the parking garage at 121 Plymouth Street under the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo. Developer BBP is going to construct a park facility to accommodate their “new section of waterfront green space”. The facility will eventually contain “restrooms, community meeting space and an environmental education center”.

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Permits Filed: 250 South Street

250 South Street, existing Pathmark; image via Google Maps

The first permits are up for Extell’s new development at 250 South Street, which also has an address at 227 Cherry Street; the building will replace a Pathmark supermarket on an under-utilized lot. Adamson Associates is listed as the architect of record.

250 South Street will become one of the largest residential towers in Lower Manhattan, measuring approximately one million square feet; the base will have a host of amenities, including a basketball court, a bowling alley, a squash room, a golf-simulator room, a hammam room, a theater, a dog spa, a human spa, a billiard room, a ping pong room, a rock-climbing room, a crossfit room, a dance room, a wine and cigar room, a lap pool, a kiddie pool, and even a yoga room. The features will be comprehensive.

In terms of square footage, the commercial components will take up 23,946 square feet, while the residential portion will measure 912,762 square feet, with a total of 787 units. Floor plans will be fairly standardized, with the penthouse level — 68 stories up — shared by seven apartments; the Schedule A has additional details.

Extell’s undertaking represents a major positive shift for the neighborhood, and will hopefully become a game-changer for the far Lower East Side; the area was completely ravaged by Robert Moses, and everything along the East River was razed to make way for public housing as well as middle-income developments. The resulting housing stock is anti-urban, unattractive, and ultimately wasteful of prime Manhattan real estate, with existing residents isolated from the city at large.

250 South Street

250 South Street aerial, via Google Maps

While 250 South Street will be a step in the right direction, restoring the street grid and re-building the entire neighborhood in an attractive way for both existing and future residents should be the ultimate goal. Moses’ path of destruction extends from The Brooklyn Bridge all the way to 14th Street, and while The Hudson Yards may provide a boon to commercial real estate, the far East Side of Lower Manhattan represents a significantly larger opportunity with regards to residential development, and fully utilizing the public canvas would be in the city’s best interest.

250 South Street will become an icon of progress for a neighborhood that has nearly been forgotten, and the tower will stand 800 feet to its pinnacle. While surrounding progress will be slow to come by, re-building the adjacent blocks would be in everyone’s best interest, and Extell’s development will hopefully spark a wider renaissance.

No completion date has been announced, but demolition of the existing Pathmark is imminent; construction will soon begin.

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Permits Filed: 50 Clinton Street

50 Clinton Street, image from Isaac & Stern

The first DOB filings are up for a new project on Clinton Street; EV Grieve spotted renderings for the project last month, and the permits give the first indication that plans are now progressing. The developer is Icon Realty, and the architect of record is Isaac & Stern.

50 Clinton Street will be primarily residential, with 1,836 square feet of commercial space confined to the development’s ground floor; the remainder of the project will total 37,868 square feet, which will be divided between 37 residences. The first floor will have three apartments, with six apartments on floors two through six, and four units on the penthouse level, which will also include ‘recreation space.’

50 Clinton Street

50 Clinton Street, image from Isaac & Stern

Isaac & Stern’s design for the project is respectful of its Lower East Side surrounds, utilizing a simple brick facade and large casement windows; 50 Clinton Street will blend perfectly into the neighborhood, and its appearance will hopefully spark similar historicist-minded construction in the Lower East, where modern developments are often on the garish side of the aesthetic spectrum.

50 Clinton Street

50 Clinton Street, image from EV Grieve

While demolition would appear imminent, the LoDown NY reported that one retail tenant intends to maintain their lease, though given the latest round of permits, a buy-out would seem likely.

No completion date for the new 50 Clinton Street has been announced.

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Permits Filed: 347 Bowery

347 Bowery, via Google Maps

The saga at 347 Bowery has seemed to ever-lasting, and the posts on Curbed highlight how many transformations the site’s plans have endured. Luckily fresh permits have just been filed for what will hopefully be the site’s ultimate incarnation — which is being developed by Giauco Lolli-Ghetti’s Urban Muse, which acquired the lot for $18 million — and the architect of record is Annabelle Selldorf.

Perhaps the most fortunate aspect regarding the new permits is the fact that the old plans — which were created by Kaufman — can finally be put to rest. Selldorf Architects’ track record is stellar, and the firm is behind several attractive and ultra-high-end developments in Lower Manhattan, which are two categories that will likely include the future 347 Bowery.

347 Bowery

The old plan for 347 Bowery, via Curbed

The DOB filings indicate a total scope of 22,751 square feet, which will be split between 7,482 square feet of commercial space, and 15,269 square feet of residential. The units will likely be condominiums, given there will only be six of them, averaging over 2,500 square foot apiece.

Selldorf’s typical work highlights an innovative streak that will come in handy at 347 Bowery, as Bowery Boogie reports the project may have a “vertical integrated parking system,” which would certainly distinguish the condominiums from competing developments. In terms of height, the building will rise 13 floors and 147 feet, so residences will enjoy high ceilings in addition to enormous floor-plans.

No date for completion has been announced, and renderings remain elusive, but clearly the site is finally progressing towards development.

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Permits Filed: 165 Chrystie Street

165 Chrystie Street at center -- image via Google Maps

The first permits for re-development at 165 Chrystie Street have been filed, and indicate that the existing low-rise will soon be replaced by a 10-story residential building. The architect of record is ODA, and the developer is DRK Chrystie LLC.

165 Chrystie Street is located off the corner of Bowery and Delancey; the location is at the heart of the Lower East Side, and the neighborhood is seeing a resurgence in construction. Several stalled projects lingered following the recession, but activity is returning to normal, and the re-development of run-down low-rises heralds the resumption of growth.

Given ODA’s involvement, the project will likely be very high-end; with only nine units, the building will fall into the ’boutique luxury’ segment of the market, and condominiums are likely. The project will have 17,225 square feet of space, and residences will average nearly 2,000 square feet — all will be full-floor, as well.

No completion date has been announced, and demolition permits for the existing structure are missing, though per the Department of Buildings, a stop-work order from 2001 is apparently still active.

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New York’s New Tallest Proposed… For Chinatown?

The latest visionary proposal to come out of Manhattan is for Chinatown, where retiree Wong San Yan has devised plans for New York’s tallest building. Standing at 2,173 feet, the Zongshan Center would take up several blocks of Chinatown while providing over 15 million square feet of space.

Chinatown Supertall
Zongshan Center: Image from Wongbook

Clearly, Mr. Yan’s vision is just that–aka, never going to happen. The project would cover an enormous area and contain more space than the original World Trade Center, meaning it’s never going to happen (in case that wasn’t obvious enough).

Despite the project’s terrible bulk and proportions, the proposal does have some relatively Utopian aspects that other projects could emulate. The tower’s entire base would be open to the public, and the rest of the building would have a variety of uses, including retail, office, hotel, residential, and restaurant space.

Chinatown Supertall
The project’s enormous area

Thankfully New York has progressed beyond the era of Robert Moses when such a monstrous project could have actually come to fruition. Indeed, New York City is pockmarked with heinous projects that were ultimately built as part of ‘urban renewal’. Though the concept is a bad one, at least it’s something new–and innovation is something architecture in New York could definitely use.

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