Michael Kirchmann’s GDS Development is working to convert two SoHo buildings – five-story 25 Mercer Street and three-story 27 Mercer Street – into one condo project, dubbed 25 Mercer. Before residents move in, some of the spaces got a bit of an artistic touch.
The first artist to get to work was Shantell Martin, who contributed two works to the space – a hard line pen drawing over the fourth floor elevator doors (seen above) and a spray paint installation along the ceilings, walls, and floors. Some of her work actually remains intact under the new finishing as part of the foundation of the building.
Then there was Matthew Schreiber, a protégé of MacArthur genius grant-winner James Turrell. He put together an impressive laser installation in the space as ballet dancer Kathryn Boren performed choreography through the installation. Schreiber controlled the lasers in unison with Boren’s movement.
The building is located between Canal Street and Grand Street. That is within the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District. However, most of the conversion work on the 1867 structures was done internally. So, little had to go before the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Sales of the GDSNY and Fogarty Finger-designed development have already launched. Units include a townhouse, a penthouse (complete with a rooftop pool), and lofts.
Prior to the conversion, some of the residents were actress Mary-Kate Olsen, Swedish designer Johan Lindeberg, architect Annabelle Selldorf, and French photographer Simon Chaput.
“The building is steeped in a century of rich history, particularly with artists and performers over the past 40 years,” Kirchmann told YIMBY. “GDSNY saw it as an opportunity to embrace that history, and provide a platform to move that story to a new chapter.”
“This is one of our favorite projects, it’s a great location, a great building and a great client,” Fogarty Finger’s Chris Fogarty told YIMBY. “These stunning residences reflect our exacting standards and commitment to design.”