185 Broadway Steadily Climbing Above Financial District

The updated design of 185 Broadway. Rendering by SL Green

185 Broadway has been vertically progressing over the lower stretch of Broadway and the surrounding Financial District neighborhood. The 31-story mixed-use superstructure is designed by FXCollaborative and developed by SL Green, and is slated to open as a 404-foot tall, 260,000-square-foot development. The site is located next to the western entrance to the Fulton Street station and is one street away from the World Trade Center.

Photographs show the reinforced concrete edifice as it climbs well above the scaffolding that cover the sidewalks at the corner of Broadway and Fulton Street. 185 Broadway features an L-shaped footprint and wraps around the adjacent corner subway entrance. We should likely see the first setback on the western elevation soon. Several more will be found on the eastern side and towards the top of the skyscraper, which shows multiple flat roof parapets spread among different levels. Most will make way for outdoor landscaped terraces as noted in the main rendering. Meanwhile we can spot the cantilevering section on the northern face, along with metal stud frames. These will hold and support the first set of curtain wall units and could likely arrive on site and go up before the end of the summer.

185 Broadway. Photo by Tectonic

185 Broadway. Photo by Tectonic

185 Broadway. Photo by Tectonic

185 Broadway. Photo by Tectonic

The rendering depicts a mix of clear floor-to-ceiling glass wrapping the majority of 185 Broadway’s building massing that protrudes over the Fulton Street station. This section has a more horizontal emphasis of lines, whereas the bottom and lower floors feature a darker fenestration composed of a blend of square and narrow windows that are vertically grouped in columns of three. It’s unclear how the southern profile of the design will look, whether the exterior harmoniously wraps around all four sides, or if there may be a blank wall that goes up against the party line of the next door low-rise structures.

YIMBY last reported that SL Green is aiming to obtain a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for 185 Broadway by March 2021.

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