In an exclusive reveal, today, YIMBY has the scoop on the renderings for Howard Hughes‘ planned supertall at 250 Water Street on the edge of the Financial District in the South Street Seaport, designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill. There has been much speculation about whether the full-block development could reach supertall status with the transfer of 700,000 square feet in air rights, which would make it the tallest structure in Lower Manhattan, after One and Three World Trade Center, with diagrams indicating a total height just shy of 1,052 feet.
According to the plans, 250 Water Street will rise 89 stories with 1,038,950 square feet divided between commercial, hotel, and residential components. The ground level will have 47,820 square feet of commercial space and the second through fifth floors will have a cumulative 179,370 square feet of commercial space. The hotel will span 156,800 square feet across the seventh through 22nd stories. Residential space takes up 608,630 square feet from the 24th through the 87th floor. Mechanicals will occupy 46,330 square feet on the sixth, 23rd, 88th and 89th floors.
Renderings reveal a red brick facade with numerous setbacks at the corners of the fourth and fifth floors for terraces, also it is unclear if it’s private or communal space. The ground floor features 20-foot-high ceiling spans, with some of the space open air. The five-story podium, which will rise approximately 78 feet high, fits contextually both in color and scale with the neighborhood. The tower is set back from the street, away from the lower buildings while still fitting in with the Lower Manhattan skyline.
Also of note, is the plan to use a composite timber frame in the superstructure. This would make the tower the tallest partially wood-framed skyscraper on the planet.
Units in the lower section of the tower will have full balconies, those in the mid-rise section will have Juliet balconies, and the high-rise units will have flush glass. Residences will most likely be condominiums, however no details have been released regarding amenities, prices, or how many of the 550 to 700 units will be designated affordable housing.
250 Water Street is bordered by Pearl Street, Beekman Street, Water Street, and Peck Slip. The Fulton Street subway hub is a ten minute walk from the site, with access to the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, and Z trains. Also nearby is access to the FDR and the East River Ferry.
Statement from a Howard Hughes spokesperson:
“These renderings pulled from internal conceptual studies were leaked by a former SOM employee, are outdated and do not depict designs under consideration for 250 Water Street. As we recently outlined during our community stakeholder planning process, we are considering several configurations for a mixed-income project at 250 Water Street, and no designs have been finalized. As part of this transparent workshop process, we showed a range of several massing scenarios including a single point tower that would use all available air rights within the Seaport district. We continue to work with local elected officials and stakeholders as we explore configurations for this potential project and craft a comprehensive planning framework for the broader Seaport area.”
Statement from an SOM spokesperson:
“We believe that the images published today on New York YIMBY represent work samples that a former SOM employee sent out, without authorization, as part of his portfolio to demonstrate his individual effort on the project at 250 Water Street. They do not in any way represent the range of studies currently being undertaken by the firm for this project, nor do they illustrate our most current thinking. We regret that these images were taken out of context in this way and look forward to our continued study of this site, and to sharing designs at the appropriate time.”