YIMBY went on a hard hat tour of 100 Vandam Street, where a 131-year-old coal power plant is being converted to a new residential structure that will rise above the existing load-bearing masonry podium. The site is located in the booming Hudson Square neighborhood at the corner of Vandam Street and Greenwich Street. The construction project, which is being designed by COOKFOX and developed by Jeff Greene, will bring the total height of the new 25-story building to 330 feet.
The multi-story, temporary steel bracing structures that were placed along the north elevation have all been disassembled and now reveal the masonry edifice and the beautiful array of arched windows.
There will be two main setbacks: one on the western elevation that will become a large private rooftop terrace, and one smaller one near the very top of the tower. A large mechanical extension will form the crown of the building and consist of thin bars of horizontal louvers.
The photos below show segments of the façade that will extend from the perimeter of each floor slab, giving the building an extra layer of detail and definition. They also are designed to act as a solar shade.
COOKFOX is replicating the original building’s exterior brick masonry pattern in the interior renovation using new bricks. The photo below shows the construction of one of several outdoor terraces that will sit behind an exposed arched window. The gray-colored bricks in the image are part of the old bearing walls, and will be covered up.
Along the perimeter of each floor slab are several shallow sunken pits that will eventually become loggia gardens designed by Terrain-NYC. They will sit between the floor-to-ceiling glass panels and the edge of the building. The vegetation and greenery will add a sense of comfort and bring together native plantings with the warm materials of the floors, ceiling, and interior finishes. This mindful decision will also coincide with the wide views of the city on every floor. Drainage and irrigation pipes will run through the slabs and use collected gray water for the plants and make the building environmentally friendly. Some of the gardens will be set adjacent to the living spaces, bedrooms, and bathrooms, and will be scattered across each façade in a staggered, irregular pattern. Etched railings will emulate the pattern of the glass curtain wall and thin columns in between each level.
Meanwhile, views from the top of the first setback give wide panoramic views of Manhattan. The upper portion of 100 Vandam continues to be assembled.
The tower’s prominence among the surrounding neighborhood provides excellent uninterrupted vistas of the entirety of Lower Manhattan. The upper floors will provide clear views of Herzog and de Meuron’s “Jenga Tower” at 56 Leonard Street in Tribeca, Frank Gehry’s wavy, shimmering edifice at 8 Spruce Street, Sir David Adjaye’s upcoming condominium at 130 William Street, COOKFOX’s tallest downtown project at 25 Park Row, the iconic Woolworth Building, Robert A. M. Stern’s hotel and residential skyscraper at 30 Park Place, and One World Trade Center in the Financial District. Future residents will be treated to the diverse array of architectural icons rising above the southern tip of Manhattan, as well as the sunsets over the Hudson River and behind the emerging Jersey City skyline.
In the distance, one can also see the rising reinforced concrete superstructure and bold pattern of windows enclosing One South First, another residential development by COOKFOX and the second new building being constructed along the Williamsburg waterfront at Domino Park.
The upper portions of the building also offer clear views of the Midtown skyline, including Extell‘s Central Park Tower, SHoP‘s super-slender 111 West 57th Street, Jean Nouvel‘s diagrid 53 West 53rd Street, a near-head-on shot of the Empire State Building, Kohn Pedersen Fox‘s One Vanderbilt commercial office project, Handel Architects‘ residential tower at 126 Madison Avenue in NoMad, and the Chrysler Building.
Once complete, 100 Vandam Street is expected to yield around 177,000 square feet and will contain 70 units, each averaging more than 2,500 square feet. There will also be 2,500 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor.
The closest subways are the 1 train at Houston Street and the C and E trains at Spring Street. Hudson River Park is only a five-minute walk to the west. A large number of boutiques, designer stores, and dining options can be found in SoHo by walking east on Spring Street.
Construction of 100 Vandam Street is expected to be completed sometime next year.