A new rendering of the long-stalled Atelier II has surfaced, and the design changes—if this is indeed the new design—are dramatic. The website for RSpline Studios has the new vision, and its official address is 605 West 42nd Street.
The re-design looks to be somewhat taller than the original, and the Silver Towers stand to lose all of their northern views. The Silver Towers rise 653′, and the total obstruction of their views shows just how large the Atelier II will be—extrapolating, roughly 700 feet.
Design-wise, the tower is nothing to write home about. RSpline does not have an architect of record for the project, although the original was designed by Costas Kondylis. The most drastic change is in the tower’s upper floors, and the sudden divergence in facades gives the tower a slightly schizophrenic vibe. The retail podium is also enormous—surprisingly, a good thing—as the Far West Side is sorely lacking in amenities.
Photos from Curbed show construction on the long-stalled foundation has finally resumed, though no date for completion has been released. Only in New York can a 700-foot project fly totally under the radar, though the Atelier II has been zombified since the 2008 financial crisis.
|The Atelier II, 605 West 42nd Street: Image from RSpline Visualization Studio|