Second Set Of Artistic Renderings Depict Howard Hughes’ Alternate Proposals for 250 Water Street

The 990-foot tall scheme

YIMBY has another set of illustrative renderings created by Siniaevart that showcase the three alternate conceptual building massings for 250 Water Street, a proposed skyscraper project from The Howard Hughes Corporation in the South Street Seaport District. Designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill, the full-block development has the potential to use 700,000 square feet of unused air rights to achieve supertall status, which would make it the tallest structure in Lower Manhattan outside of the World Trade Center complex.

The first rendering shows the tallest scheme, which would stand 990 feet tall and feature a much more slender profile than the massing featured on Monday. The second is the two-tower plan with roof heights of 770 feet and 385 feet above street level. The final two renderings are for the shortest structure, with a roof parapet of 580 feet high.

The 770- and 385-foot-tall scheme. Rendering by Siniaevart

The 580-foot-tall scheme. Rendering by Siniaevart

The 580-foot-tall scheme. Rendering by Siniaevart

250 Water Street’s loftiest iteration would easily eclipse the rooftops of Frank Gehry’s nearby 8 Spruce Street and surpass the spire of 70 Pine Street by 38 feet. Its position near the East River waterfront would make it stand out among the Financial District skyline regardless of which version of the skyscraper ultimately gets built.

The following is a statement from The Howard Hughes Corporation to once again note the state of the project with regard to the renderings. “These are a private artist’s renderings of the 250 Water Street site, which do not accurately reflect the project configurations under study and have no connection to The Howard Hughes Corporation or SOM. Plans for the site have not been finalized and we continue to work with neighbors, businesses, civic groups, and elected and government officials on a planning framework for the Seaport area.”

Approvals and a timeline of construction for 250 Water Street have not been announced.

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13 Comments on "Second Set Of Artistic Renderings Depict Howard Hughes’ Alternate Proposals for 250 Water Street"

  1. Why the City allows such buildings so close to the water is beyond my comprehension

    • Jerrold, good question! They don’t. it’s restricted 120 feet. I don’t see any renderings of the allowed height

    • Don’t worry, that section of the East River will need to be filled in at some point thanks for climate change and market forces.

  2. 990′ is technically a supertall. But to me a supertall means well over 990. Like 1,300. Or more. Much more.

  3. Terrible. Destroying the historic nature of the Seaport.

  4. Where is the rendering for the allowed height of 120 feet? 250 Water Street is in the South Street Historic District and can only build to a height of 120’. Anything higher would be totally out of context and against regulation.

  5. Looks nice. Way better then a parking lot

    • Adam,
      You would have to agree that there are plenty of options within the current height restriction that would be “better than a parking lot” You don’t need to destroy the Historic District with a super Tall tower in order to improve the lot. There is a height limitation there for a reason.

  6. Is it possible to see how it will look from the North or Brooklyn Bridge walkway?

  7. This area was zoned with the idea of preserving the unique charter of this neighborhood, which is maritime shipping industries from the early 19th century. Once this configuration is gone the entire neighborhood will be lost to all New Yorkers and visitors alike. This vista like Grand Central Station offers a unique opportunity to appreciate that glimpse into our past and appreciate what made this city so special

  8. Wonderful news. The 990-ft. version is the best, as it’s least bulky and most respectful to the historic context. Hopefully the crazy NIMBYs don’t try and fight this (but you know it will happen). As if towers are inappropriate in Lower Manhattan of all places.

  9. Anthony Campagna | March 30, 2020 at 7:48 am | Reply

    BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME.

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