Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the New York Philharmonic have selected London-based Heatherwick Studio and Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects to redesign the interior of David Geffen Hall, the orchestra’s 2,738-seat home located on the corner of West 65th Street, on the Upper West Side, technically Lincoln Square. The Max Abramovitz-designed structure, which originally opened in 1962 as Philharmonic Hall, later becoming Avery Fisher Hall, will receive a $500 million gut renovation, according to the New York Times. A design will be released next summer, with construction scheduled to begin in 2019. Akustiks and Fisher Dachs, acoustic and theater design firms, respectively, are also part of the team. The project has been in the works for over a decade, or since the beginning of Lincoln Center’s redevelopment.
In the spring of 2014, YIMBY reported on applications for an 12-story, 49-unit mixed-use building at 2040 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, in Harlem, located on Central Park’s northwestern corner. Later that year, renderings went up on-site, and since then an eight-story structure has risen, per photos snapped by Tectonic. The curved, FXFOWLE-designed building will eventually measure a total 87,582 square feet. Within that area, 3,507 square feet of ground-floor retail space is expected, as well as 8,370 square feet of community space located on the ground and second floors. Artimus Construction is the developer and completion is expected in 2017.
This past summer, the 11-story, six-unit condominium project at 25 Great Jones Street/22 Bond Street, in NoHo, received construction financing, and now work is underway, EV Grieve reports. The 14-story structure – what was once a stalled-out hotel project – is currently being horizontally expanded to sit flush with Great Jones’ street wall. Floors 12 through 14 will eventually be removed, but that demolition work has not yet begun. Although the block-thru development fronts Great Jones, BKSK Architects designed a four-story steel façade for Bond Street. Second Development Services and Richport Group are developing.
YIMBY last checked in on 333 Schermerhorn Street, in Downtown Brooklyn, back in September, and since then the structure has grown rapidly, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports. The 56-story, 750-unit mixed-use tower is only weeks from topping out, with just five floors to go, and façade work can also be seen wrapping around the lower portion of the skyscraper. Upon completion, it will be (temporarily) the tallest building in Brooklyn, standing 610 feet above street level. Of the residential units, 150 of them will be set aside as affordable housing and 34,823 square feet of retail space is planned. Douglas Steiner is developing, Dattner Architects is designing, and move-ins are expected in mid-2016.
The owners of Esplanade Luxury Senior Residences – a 14-story, 120-resident senior-exclusive building located at 95 South Broadway, in White Plains – have proposed converting the property into regular rental apartments, according to Westfair. The conversion would shrink the 1965-built structure to 251,000 square feet, and in addition to 212 rental units, it would have 9,000 and 6,750 square feet of medical offices and restaurant space, respectively. The project would displace its current residents and is now under review by the city’s Common Council. Esplanade of White Plains Venture Partnership is developing and Sullivan Architecture is designing.