Silverstein’s development at 514 Eleventh Avenue has recently re-appeared in headlines as the tower may end up standing 1,100′ tall, becoming one of the tallest residential buildings in Manhattan. While the ‘supertall’ plans have not been revealed, renderings of the project on Oppenheim Architecture + Design‘s Architizer page depict another vision for the site, which would be truly iconic.
Oppenheim’s towers rise out of a green base, which appears to have a dynamism atypical of larger developments, juxtaposing a vegetated facade with enormous glass windows. While the exact specifications of the retail component are unknown, it will likely total over one hundred thousand square feet, adding significantly to the site’s street-level presence.
Besides the base, the pair of residential towers would also be quite distinct. Most new construction in the neighborhood is on the safe side of design, with standardized glass boxes proliferating; the proposed building would differ significantly from typical new construction, offering a southern companion to BIG’s equally unique Pyramid at 625 West 57th Street.
Given the latest news, both the previous images from VisualHouse and the latest renderings from Oppenheim are likely outdated, with recent plans shifting the design from two towers to a singular skyscraper. With 1,300 units expected to be built, the development’s impact on its neighborhood will be very beneficial, as the old Mercedes dealership did not contribute to the area’s habitability.
No completion date for the actual project has been announced, but per the recent post on Curbed, plans for the 1,100′ version are now making their way through Community Board 4.
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