The first renderings are up for a large new office project that will join two buildings at 161 Avenue of the Americas and 233 Spring Street into one, under the moniker of One SoHo Square; the images were created by Neoscape. Stellar Management and Rockpoint Group are developing the site, and Gensler is the architect, while Cushman & Wakefield is handling marketing and leasing.
One SoHo Square is located in a booming neighborhood, and its SoHo surrounds are seeing a significant influx of new development; directly across the street, the BKSK-designed One Vandam is about to begin rising. Both residential and commercial space are in significant demand across SoHo, and with supply severely limited, the new square footage will help satiate demand in the ravenous sub-market.
The externals of the existing buildings will remain relatively unchanged — besides the creation of a new glass lobby — though the internals will be completely revamped; per a rep, “the modernization of the buildings’ infrastructure with more efficient mechanical plants and services, and removal of redundant egress stairs, allowed Gensler to identify additional square footage that enabled the addition of the three new penthouse floors.”
Gensler’s rooftop addition will be the most significant visual change, as a ‘fin’ of commercial penthouses will erupt from the pre-war structures, juxtaposing the historic buildings with contemporary, cutting-edge design. The project will definitely jive well with the neighboring One Vandam, and combined, the developments will provide a positive juxtaposition against their historic surrounds, rather than overwhelming them.
One SoHo Square will measure 768,000 square feet, standing nineteen stories in total. Completion of the renovation and expansion is expected in the fall of 2015.
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