The first stages of excavation are underway at the site of Gene Kaufman Architect‘s future commercial office building at 76 Eighth Avenue. Sang Lee is the developer of the 120-foot-tall structure, which is located on the border of the Meatpacking District and the West Village at the busy corner of Eighth Avenue and West 14th Street. The development will contain 30,000 square feet of office space in addition to ground-floor retail area, and has seen an update to the design since YIMBY last covered the project.
Photos through the windows on the construction fence show excavation getting underway. Most of this phase should be finished by the end of the year, followed by foundation work and the rising of the superstructure, conceivably in the first half of 2020.
The rendering shows an exterior of brick and bronze framing a grid of large windows, some of which will be two stories in height. The structure’s most distinguishing feature is the metallic cross bracing that covers the retail frontage, the majority of the windows on the northern elevation, and the slimmer western face. The building’s sharp geometric lines will strike a contrast with the curvilinear architecture of the adjacent One Jackson Square, aka 122 Greenwich Avenue.
A sixth-floor setback will push the superstructure upward and culminate at the tenth floor. The main rendering shows a rooftop terrace, indicated by the ribbon of glass panels that lines the perimeter of the parapet and main setback.
The anticipated completion date of winter 2020 has been posted on the construction fence.