Washington Heights will soon be home to a grand-scale realization of a Lego-block-styled tower offering class-A office space, retail, and hotel components. “Radio Tower & Hotel,” located at 2420 Amsterdam Ave, has officially broken ground, and represents the first significant mixed-use development in Washington Heights in almost 50 years.
Described by architects MVRDV as a vibrant, “vertical village,” Radio Tower & Hotel is the Dutch design firm’s premier development in the United States. Beyond the unique and playful massing of the structure, the 22-story tower will eventually stand as one of the tallest structures in the Washington Heights neighborhood.
“Radio Tower & Hotel, located at the thinnest part of Manhattan Island between the Hudson and the Harlem River, is a colorful new building which will strengthen an already wonderfully mixed and vibrant neighborhood”, said Winy Maas, Principal and Co-Founder of MVRDV. “The building forms a ‘vertical village’ with blocks that are the same size as the surrounding buildings, thus avoiding the common drawback of large developments in which new skyscrapers overwhelm the existing character of the city.”
Youngwoo & Associates filed permits to redevelop the property as a 22-story tower back in 2013. Marvel Architects was originally tapped for design of the building, but are no longer included in the development team.
Moving forward, the building will contain 145,000 square feet of office space with sweeping, loft-style floor plates. Retail positioned on the ground floor will occupy 8,000 square feet. The onsite hotel partner has not been confirmed, but that component will contain 221 guest rooms measuring a total 93,000 square feet. The building will also include an unspecified collection of amenities, an event space, a rooftop restaurant, landscaped terraces, and an interior, open-air courtyard.