Curtain wall installation is progressing at 181 Mercer Street, NYU‘s 23-story, 750,000-square-foot complex in Greenwich Village. Designed by Davis Brody Bond and KieranTimberlake, the mixed-use project sits along Houston Street between Mercer and Bleecker Streets, directly to the east of I. M. Pei’s three-tower University Village complex.
Recent photos show the state of the development with a focus on the southern tower, the first of the three volumes that rise from the multi-story podium to top out.
Most of the podium’s glass panels are in place. The three towers above are likely to feature three different façade designs, as depicted in the main rendering.
A chamfered corner is seen at the southern end of the property.
The roadway on the western end of the site has been temporarily closed off to the public, but the rising steel superstructures of the other two volumes are visible on the left of the below photo.
From an angle, the glass that has been installed creates a tight array of thin bands of reflected light and shadows.
The below photo of construction workers reveals the scale of the podium’s floor-to-ceiling glass.
The upper levels will feature multiple setbacks. Metal clips are in place around the perimeter of each floor in preparation for the installation of the final envelope.
The photographs below show the state of steel erection and fireproofing on the two rising volumes.
The tallest portion of 181 Mercer Street hovers around the same height as I. M. Pei’s mid-century towers, which remain dominant over the relatively low-rise neighborhood when viewed from the west.
The mammoth facility will contain housing for students and faculty, additional office space and dining areas, and outdoor landscaped rooftop terraces for both students and faculty members. The athletics component features an indoor six-lane swimming pool, a running track, four basketball courts, squash courts, a wrestling room, and multiple fitness rooms. The structure will also contain classrooms, studios, multiple theater rooms, practice and rehearsal rooms, and a cafe. The performing arts facilities will come with a theater and orchestra pit, complete with balcony and mezzanine seating designed to accommodate up to 556 people.
181 Mercer Street is projected to be completed sometime in early 2022.