Excavation is underway at 133 Greenwich Street, which will soon become a 30-story Marriott Courtyard. The project’s architect is Danny Forster Design Studio, and the developer is Hidrock Realty LLC; the site is located adjacent to the World Trade Center.
New renderings of the tower’s planned design are also online, and the overall scheme echoes the nearby 150 Greenwich Street, in a miniaturized form. The building creatively uses its air rights, and in a cue that other architects should take, 133 Greenwich Street utilizes an extruded screen to conform to the street-wall along its lower levels, which ensures its envelope meets zoning requirements.
This minimizes the floor-plates of the podium levels, allowing the tower to shift its mass upwards. DOB diagrams indicate the building’s height will be 356 feet.
Besides the innovative arrangement of interior square footage, the design’s similarity to 150 Greenwich Street will aesthetically integrate the tower into its surroundings. Across the street, work is about to begin on 22 Thames Street, which will be another glassy skyscraper; the vicinity’s oft-dilapidated pre-war stock is rapidly modernizing, and the imminent opening of the entire World Trade Center complex will likely spur additional development.
Completion of 133 Greenwich Street is expected in the fall of 2015.
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