Exterior work is nearing completion on the Tin Building, a 53,000-square-foot market structure on the rebuilt Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport District. Designed by SHoP Architects and developed by Howard Hughes Corporation with Plaza Construction as construction manager, the Lower Manhattan project will feature a seafood market by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the main tenant of the waterfront property. The site is located to the immediate west of SHoP Architect’s Pier 17 and east of the elevated FDR Drive and South Street.
A lot has changed since our last update back in late September. Almost all of the exterior cladding is in place, including the dark, richly detailed cornices on the upper edges of the roof parapet, the three pediments on the main western elevation, and ornate columns on the corners of the edifice. These details boldly define the shape and height of the low-rise structure and contrast with the lighter hued corrugated metal paneling that envelops the majority of the exterior. The metal canopy has been installed and spans the length of the Tin Building. Like the front façade, the back side facing the East River also has a symmetrical layout but with a simpler three-story grid of windows and a few smaller ground-floor entrances with individual canopies of the same architectural quality, craftsmanship, and matching dark color. The green construction fence still surrounds the entire property, the structure will soon be accessible from the Seaport District and along the East River esplanade.
The Tin Building was constructed 32 feet away from and six feet higher than its original footprint on a new concrete and steel pile foundation designed to comply with the 100-year floodplain set by FEMA. The structure is planned to house over 300 historical objects that were saved from the original structure.
A finalized completion date for the Tin Building is unclear, though it looks like things can be finished well before the end of this year.