The last update YIMBY had for 118 East 59th Street was back in July of 2015, when the SCDA Architects-designed tower launched its promotional website and renderings. Now, the Midtown East site has been cleared of the previous buildings that once stood, and is a partially excavated open pit, replete with its own lake and new surrounding greenery. Permits were filed for the 470-foot, 38-story residential tower back in September 2014. SLCE Architects is the architect of record, while SCDA is designing both the exterior and the interiors of the 29 residential units that were expected to span around 2,400 square feet each. The developer of the project is Hong Kong-based Euro Properties, however, given the site’s current condition three years after groundbreaking was anticipated, current plans may be scuttled.
New renderings are out for the 11-story condominium building rising at 515 West 29th Street, in West Chelsea. Singaporean-based SCDA Architects, led by Soo Chan, is responsible for the design, which incorporates a series of glass panels producing a rippling effect on the façade. They also bear a striking resemblance to an art piece by Marcel Duchamp, “Three Standard Stoppages,” a play on ideas of identity and form through measurement. This might be intentional, considering its location, with dozens of galleries and artist studios in the blocks that surround the project.
The 11-story, 12-unit mixed-use building under construction at 515 West 29th Street, in West Chelsea, has topped out. Progress on the project, which includes façade installation, can be seen thanks to photos posted to the YIMBY Forums. The latest building permits indicate the structure, built up from an existing six-story factory, encompasses 36,876 square feet and rises 135 feet in height. It will include 1,698 square feet of retail space across the cellar and ground floors, followed by 12 condominiums across the second through 11th floors. The apartments should average a spacious 2,932 square feet apiece. Bauhouse Group is the developer. SCDA Architects is the design architect and S.M. Berger Architecture is the architect of record.
Architect and developer Soo K. Chan says he borrowed design inspiration for his new condo project in Chelsea from the colonial houses of his childhood, in the cosmopolitan island city of George Town, Malaysia. He drew on the architecture of the city’s clan houses, long multi-family homes built around a central, open air courtyard.
Earlier this year, BBC News profiled Soo Chan, of Singapore-based SCDA Architects, which included news on his West Chelsea project at 522 West 29th Street, an 11-story, 31-unit luxury residential project. That building is now on the rise, courtesy of Tectonic, with concrete being poured for the third floor. According to BBC, 16 condominiums will feature private swimming pools, and a small 906 square-foot restaurant will be located on the ground floor. Siras Oriel Development is behind the project, and completion is expected towards the end of 2016.