Revealed: Herzog & de Meuron’s 357 West Street

357 West Street, image by Herzog & de Meuron/Ian Schrager

YIMBY has the reveal for the Herzog & de Meuron-designed 357 West Street, courtesy of a tipster; the building is the firm’s second Manhattan project to be unveiled in as many months, and both sites are being developed by Ian Schrager.

357 West Street

357 West Street, image by Herzog & de Meuron/Ian Schrager

While permits are lacking, the insider notes the building will have 88 condominiums, which will undoubtedly be priced astronomically. The building will stand 12 stories tall, and while the height is relatively short, 357 West Street will be located across from the Hudson River, guaranteeing permanent visibility. Previously disapproved permits listed the scope at 141,500 square feet, which would translate into an average of over 1,600 square feet per unit.

Given the site’s location in the West Village, the potential at 357 West Street would seem to exceed that of 215 Chrystie. While Pier 40 may be somewhat of an eyesore, NIMBYs have killed efforts to save the ailing structure, and it may soon sink into the Hudson River, leaving Schrager’s project with even better views.

357 West Street

357 West Street, image by Herzog & de Meuron/Ian Schrager

Herzog & de Meuron’s latest work is another pleasant departure from typical contemporary architecture. The building spans through the block, and its swooping form will contribute to both the skyline and the streetscape, given the expanded sidewalk along West Street. While facade specifics remain speculative, the exterior appears to be concrete, echoing both 215 Chrystie and 56 Leonard.

357 West Street

357 West Street, image by Herzog & de Meuron/Ian Schrager

The concrete facade has the potential for iconic status, and the material is gaining traction in New York City as many new developments — ranging from 57th Street supertalls to boutique mid-rises along The High Line — are now utilizing its brutal elegance. Slanted inset windows will distinguish 357 West Street from the other projects, with the building’s overall look appearing to draw from Marina City in Chicago — though Herzog & de Meuron’s take on Bertrand Goldberg’s classic is decidedly more human-scaled.

357 West Street

357 West Street, image by Herzog & de Meuron/Ian Schrager

No completion date for 357 West Street has been formally announced, but given the development’s journey through the Board of Standards and Appeals, construction would appear to be on the near-horizon, and the tipster notes 2017 as the likely opening date.

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Posted in 156 Leroy Street | 357 West Street | Architecture | Downtown | Herzog and de Meuron | Ian Schrager | New York | Renderings | Residential | Starchitecture | West Village

Construction Update: 150 Charles Street

150 Charles Street

Work on 150 Charles Street continues to make significant headway, and the project is rapidly approaching its imminent completion date. The Witkoffs are developing the building, and COOKFOX is the architect of record.

150 Charles Street

150 Charles Street

The remains of the former warehouse on-site — which was the subject of significant NIMBY contention during the approval process, despite its derelict and useless state — have been completely absorbed into the base of the new building. 150 Charles Street has subsumed its predecessor, though the ‘loft-like’ elements of the warehouse have translated into industrial-style windows along the first few floors of the COOKFOX creation.

150 Charles Street

150 Charles Street

Super-luxury residential product — which is the category 150 Charles belongs in — will normally be aesthetically appealing no matter the location, given the target demographic typically considers the external appeal of a structure before buying within. While that is not always the case, 150 Charles would have been nice with or without the old walls of the warehouse, and keeping them appears to have been an issue of semantics.

150 Charles Street

150 Charles Street

The windows lining the first few floors of 150 Charles Street are extremely large and expansive, though the building’s average price-point of $4,000 per square foot would suggest as much. Glass continues to climb along the rest of the structure, and the dark-red brick facade is now complete; the development looks perfectly at home in its West Village surrounds.

150 Charles Street

150 Charles Street & The Richard Meier Towers

While many preservationists bemoan contemporary architecture, the contrast between Meier’s buildings and 150 Charles is a major positive for the Hudson River waterfront, and the juxtaposition speaks to the benefits of mixing attractive glass towers with masonry-clad structures. The collective mass of development heralds a bright future for the edge of the West Village, as the riverfront completes its transformation from an industrial enclave to a vibrant residential neighborhood.

150 Charles is expected to be completed in 2015; the building rises fifteen stories and 176 feet.

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Construction Update: 245 West 14th Street

245 West 14th Street

New renderings have been posted on-site at 245 West 14th Street, which has been dubbed ‘Village Green West’ by Alfa Development; the images are also up on the project’s website. Kutnicki Bernstein Architects designed the structure, which will soon stand 12 stories tall.

Excavation is well underway, and permits for construction were approved this past December; 245 West 14th Street will total slightly over 47,000 square feet. 500 square feet will be dedicated to a community facility, while another 3,802 square feet will be used for commercial space; the remainder of the property will be divided between 27 residences, translating into an average of  over 1,500 square feet per unit. Per the project’s website, the top four floors will have one penthouse each.

245 West 14th Street

245 West 14th Street

Aesthetically, the renderings paint a pretty picture; the cladding will be dominated by brick, and the overall design will be superior to the site’s 14th Street surroundings. The thoroughfare is seeing a gradual trend towards more attractive developments, with DDG’s 345 Meatpacking leading the way; in terms of form, scope, and targeted clientele, 245 West 14th Street will be similar, and the project is aiming for LEED-Gold certification.

245 West 14th Street

245 West 14th Street

While the developments rising along 14th Street are promising, the corridor’s potential is vastly underutilized, even with the new buildings. The neighborhood’s transit accessibility is fantastic, as it is located at the confluence of the A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, and L subway lines; despite this, zoning is prohibitively low. At 12 stories, 245 West 14th Street will be short by Manhattan standards, but visually, Village Green West will dominate its surrounds; while that is not a problem in and of itself, it shows how much potential 14th Street has, and how it is currently wasted on low-rise structures.

A comprehensive re-zoning allowing dense residential and office developments for the transit-rich neighborhood would be most beneficial, though it will be very difficult to achieve, given the prevalence of NIMBYs in the vicinity. Nevertheless, the rise of buildings like 245 West 14th Street and 345 Meatpacking — both of which are significant improvements over their neighbors — shows the corridor is ripe for additional density.

Completion of Village Green West is expected in August of 2015.

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Permits Filed: 151 Mercer Street

151 Mercer Street -- image from Google Maps

Construction permits have been filed for 151 Mercer Street, which will soon become Tory Burch’s five-story flagship store. Demolition on the site’s old building is imminent, and the development has completed its navigation through landmarking. O’Neil Langan Architects is designing the project.

The store will measure nearly 10,000 square feet, and the building will feature a rooftop terrace. 151 Mercer Street will have a historically-minded design, which also explains how the project flew through landmarking without any hitches; within the traditional design there will be subtle contemporary flourishes, including “weathered steel cladding with blackened steel trim.”

151 Mercer Street

151 Mercer Street — image via the HDC

The Historic Districts Council’s website has a rendering of 151 Mercer Street — obtained during the landmarks’ approval process — and the building will look completely contextual with its SoHo surroundings. At five stories, it won’t make an impact on the skyline, but the presence of a new flagship store will certainly add to pedestrian activity.

Completion of the new building is likely by 2016. The first round of permits were denied approval on January 30th, but the hold-up is likely a simple technicality.

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Construction Update: 525 Greenwich Street

525 Greenwich Street

A new 19-story hotel at 525 Greenwich Street, in the emerging neighborhood dubbed ‘Hudson Square,’ is just about complete. The building stands 166 feet tall, and has 122 rooms; signage indicates a possibly tentative title of ‘Soho Hotel.’

525 Greenwich Street

525 Greenwich Street

The site’s developer is Morris Moinian, CEO of Fortuna Realty, which developed the Indigo Hotel in Chelsea. The neighborhood’s ‘Hudson Square’ moniker is a recent invention, and 525 Greenwich’s vicinity is just beginning to come into its own, with Trinity Church driving the major changes.

Nobutaka Ashihara is listed as the project’s architect, and the end result breaks the street-wall, but the cladding is not bad – especially when compared to 6 Platt Street, which the firm also designed. Considering the property is adjacent to a garbage garage, the outcome could have been worse. Upper rooms will have Hudson River views.

Fortuna’s website has additional renderings of 525 Greenwich Street, and it is expected to open in June of 2014.

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Construction Update: Hudson Square Garbage Garage

DSNY Garbage Garage

The Department of Sanitation’s new garbage garage in Hudson Square is nearing completion, concluding a saga that began in the 2000s with fierce neighborhood opposition. The structure spans five floors and comprises 340,000 square feet of space, and the builder is De Matteis, which has a page on the project.

While NIMBYism is generally awful, in this case, it was somewhat justified; the location of the facility is completely inappropriate. Given the desirability of Hudson Square, the city should have sold the land for condominiums or hotel development, as either use would have been higher and better than what has ultimately been built; using prime Manhattan real estate for trash collection is clearly an inefficient allocation of land and resources on the city’s part.

DSNY Garbage Garage

DSNY Garbage Garage

Though the garage should have been built elsewhere, its ultimate appearance is not exactly awful, though the random placement of vents along the building’s facade is a definite negative. Besides that issue, the project is defined by what amounts to a casement curtain wall, and the windowed grid breaks up the monolith’s monotony.

Completion of the garbage garage is expected in 2014, and work on an adjacent salt shed will soon follow.

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Construction Update: 150 Charles Street

150 Charles Street

The Witkoff Group’s 150 Charles Street is almost topped-out, and the brick facade is now rising. The Cookfox-designed 15-story structure has a total of 91 condominiums, and stands 176 feet tall.

From the Hudson, the building is semi-prominent, with its massing negating most of the visual impact; the bulk of the structure is set back from the waterfront, and in this regard, it’s certainly scaled correctly. NIMBY opposition to the project hinged on the ‘historic’ warehouse formerly on-site, and its exterior walls were incorporated into the new iteration of 150 Charles, though one would have no idea this was the case.

150 Charles Street

150 Charles Street

Viewed from adjacent streets, 150 Charles is barely noticeable, and fits into its surroundings perfectly. The building is a natural evolution for the West Village, which is now dominated by super-luxury construction, and its brick facade will contrast nicely with the Richard Meier-designed towers to the north.

Completion is slated for 2015, and Streeteasy has additional information on pricing; active sales listings average nearly $4,000 per square foot, and a penthouse has already sold for $34 million.

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Construction Update: The Greenwich Lane

St. Vincent's Redevelopment

Rudin Management’s redevelopment of the old St. Vincent’s Hospital in Greenwich Village is proceeding quickly, with deconstruction of the former eyesore leaving a gaping hole in the street-scape. The remnants of the old building will be incorporated into several new structures, the tallest of which will rise 17 stories and hold 200 units. Though the project’s scope is large for the Village, which is a hotbed of NIMBY opposition to new development, it’s nothing close to major.

Delivery of the St. Vincent’s redevelopment – aka The Greenwich Lane – is expected in 2015. The shift to residential space in the highly desirable neighborhood represents yet another step in the area’s recent gentrification. Demolition has already resulted in a marked improvement of the pedestrian experience, as the old St. Vincent’s was hulking and unfriendly, sustaining a sizable and now-absent transient population.

Adjacent to the St. Vincent’s redevelopment is the new memorial for victims of the HIV/AIDS crisis, which is also under construction. The minimalist design, by Studio a+i, will convert the diagonal wedge – located at St. Vincent’s Triangle –  into a pedestrian-friendly plaza, with ample shade. The corner was formerly occupied by an unofficial tribute to 9/11 victims, with a fence dominated by hand-made memorabilia; visually, the 9/11 tribute’s replacement will be markedly less emotive, but the addition of new public space is more important. Completion is expected in 2014.

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Construction Update: 150 Charles Street

150 Charles Street

The Witkoff Group’s 150 Charles Street is about to emerge from the old exterior walls of the warehouse that used to occupy the site. Zoning warehouses for protection in the first place is generally a misguided approach, but the ‘integration’ of the old facade into the new structure is a complete joke, as it is barely visible.

That being said, renderings of 150 Charles – designed by CookFox – are promising, with the project set to cascade down towards the Hudson River. The building’s concrete is now at the third level, and it will eventually stand 15 stories tall. The development will likely command premiums similar to the Richard Meier buildings just to the north; the exemplary design and open layout of the project, which incorporates extensive greenery and a water feature, speaks to the ultra high-end market.

Per the latest permits, 150 Charles will have a total of 97 condominiums. Completion is expected in 2015, and the official website has additional information.

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Construction Update: 433 Broadway

433 Broadway

YIMBY reader Michael sent in the above photo of 433 Broadway, which is a new six-story office building in SoHo. Per architect RKTB’s page on the project, the site “interprets the rhythms and proportions established by surrounding landmark buildings,” as most new projects in SoHo do. If real life resembles the renderings, RKTB’s description will be accurate, as the depicted facade does seem to place 433 Broadway in a properly reserved context alongside its historic neighbors.

The entire building consists of 37,000 square feet of office space, and the official website – which looks slightly dubious and has a contact email of ‘info@cornerbuildingnyc.com’ – has additional information after a log-in wall.

Regardless of web technicalities, 433 Broadway is nearly complete, and the facade should begin rising shortly. Though it is short, it’s better than an open lot, and should complement the neighborhood’s existing urban fabric.

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