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ASchwarz
November 21st, 2002, 08:27 AM
From the NY Post: Jean Nouvel is a fantastic architect. *He had designed a hotel for the Broadway/Grand property. The rumor is that this second property will also be a condo.


HIP HOTELIER DROPS INN FOR CONDOS

By BRADEN KEIL


November 21, 2002 -- HOW hip will you have to be to buy a condo in hip hotelier Andre Balazs' proposed downtown apartment complex?

The building, located at 204 Lafayette, was slated to be a sister inn to his trendy Standard Hotel in Los Angeles, but has been re-conceived by celebrated French architect Jean Nouvel as an apartment complex.

Balazs plans to break ground in the next few months on the site, now occupied by a parking lot.

The new building, according to sources, will have several full-floor, multimillion-dollar residences with a non-SoHo feel. Nouvel may have his work cut out for him developing residences rather than his usual hotel rooms.

Balazs, meanwhile, has also scuttled plans to develop a hotel at Broadway and Grand Streets.

Balazs could not be reached for comment.

Derek2k3
November 21st, 2002, 02:37 PM
What do they mean by scuttle?

NoyokA
November 21st, 2002, 04:08 PM
Jean Nouvel is a great architect, modernist, but this building could be from the 60's, nothing special.

Fabb
November 21st, 2002, 04:38 PM
The combination of metal and transparent glass was not prevalent during the 60s. That's Nouvel's signature.

Kris
June 7th, 2003, 11:05 PM
June 8, 2003

Hotel or 'Trojan Horse'?

By JIM O'GRADY

André Balazs, the owner of the Mercer Hotel, has decided that he doesn't want to build a bold 12-story hotel designed by the architect Jean Nouvel on a 40,000-square-foot lot on Grand Street near Broadway. Instead, he wants to sidestep the slumping, post-Sept. 11 hotel business and build a bold 12-story residential tower of the same design in the same spot.

But some people who supported the hotel oppose the tower. They say the zoning change needed for the switch would open the door to unwelcome development.

"It's a Trojan horse," said Sean Sweeney, the director of SoHo Alliance, a neighborhood group. "We're worried that changing the zoning would allow developers to build dormitories, multiplex cinemas, big-box stores like Kmart and a number of noxious uses."

To make the switch, Mr. Balazs must first persuade the city to modify SoHo's zoning, which prohibits new residential buildings. This process has already started. On Monday, the Department of City Planning approved his proposal to allow builders to seek permission to erect new residences in the SoHo/NoHo Historic District. Community Board 2 plans to consider the issue next month.

"I share all the concerns of the SoHo Alliance," Mr. Balazs said. But he argued that the zoning change could be written to exclude unwanted developments, for example, by allowing only residential buildings on relatively small lots.

Arthur Strickler, the district manager of Community Board 2, is not convinced. "It's an old trick to say you're building a hotel,'' he said, "and then claim economic hardship to sneak in a residence."


Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company

Kris
October 11th, 2003, 09:10 PM
October 12, 2003

NOHO/SOHO

The Shadow From One Modest Tower Grows to Cover a Whole Neighborhood

By DENNY LEE

It started as a small boutique hotel. Then it became a slightly taller residential tower. Now, in pursuit of their tower, the developers are trying to overhaul the zoning rules that apply to at least 16 vacant lots in SoHo and NoHo, and local activists have drafted a rival zoning plan.

The original plan, by the developer André Balazs, called for a shimmering 12-story hotel at the corner of Broadway and Grand Street, a site currently occupied by a parking lot. The design of the hotel, by the noted French architect Jean Nouvel, was warmly received, even by some prickly residents.

After the city's tourism took a dive, Mr. Balazs and his partners decided instead to build a 14-story residential tower. But since SoHo is not zoned for residential construction, the developers have asked the Department of City Planning to allow for any type of development on unbuilt lots.

The developers say they have no plans to build on any other sites; Stephen Lefkowitz, a lawyer for Mr. Balazs, said they were seeking the area-wide zoning change because "this is a better process in terms of community involvement.'' (Local opponents say a variance seems unsuitable for the site, making an area-wide zoning change the developers' only option.)

But with many vacant lots nearby - local groups count more than twice as many as the 16 the city counts - residents fear that any zoning change will lead to a developers' gold rush.

"It will destroy NoHo and SoHo as we know it," warned Councilman Alan J. Gerson, who represents both areas. "Loft living will be replaced by high-rise, small apartments. You'll have an expansion of the monolith of uptown Manhattan."

And some residents suggest that the proposed changes would result in development that resembled a strip mall. "I cannot exaggerate enough the damage this would cause," said Sean Sweeney, director of the SoHo Alliance, a neighborhood group. "It would permit dormitories, electric power substations, multiplex theaters; pretty much anything you want, you can build there."

In response, community groups have drafted their own, more restrictive zoning proposal, and the two competing plans were debated at a packed hearing before the City Planning Commission on Sept. 24.

In defense of the Balazs version, the Real Estate Board of New York said the zoning changes reflected the new makeup of SoHo and NoHo, and other defenders of that plan compared the vacant lots to "broken teeth" in the smile that is the neighborhood.


Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company

Gulcrapek
October 25th, 2004, 10:43 PM
Broadway Grand
13 floors
50 units
Architect: Jean Nouvel

http://www.hines.com/propertyImages/soho_rend_lg.jpg

"Broadway Grand is a new 13-story, 50-unit luxury residential condominium located in the Soho Historic District in lower Manhattan. The currently vacant site was formerly a department store demolished many years ago. Consistent with the neighborhood, the project will include retail and residential amenity spaces on the ground and basement levels."

http://www.hines.com/hines/propertyPage.asp?PropertyID=463

Derek2k3
October 26th, 2004, 01:33 AM
Broadway Grand
465 Broadway 106-112 Grand Street
14 stories 175 feet
Atelier Jean Nouvel
Proposed Late 2004-2006

Very similar to the previous hotel design but improved slightly. This new article mentions it also.

http://newyorkmetro.com/nymetro/arts/architecture/10183/index.html

RedFerrari360f1
October 28th, 2004, 07:43 PM
Shrunk a tad bit. Still wouldnt mind a Jeany in the city.

monknyc
April 8th, 2005, 08:24 AM
Three new renderings of 40 Mercer on the Jean Nouvel site (jeannouvel.com > news > Ground Broken for Soho Grand Residential Apartments).

Any news of who is handling sales for the building?

Derek2k3
April 8th, 2005, 04:49 PM
Thanks^

http://www.pbase.com/archit_kderek2k3/image/41802570.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/archit_kderek2k3/image/41802580.jpg

http://www.jeannouvel.com/

AJphx
April 10th, 2005, 04:05 PM
wow so this broke ground back in December. It must be under construction now? It looks like it will be a nice building and a good addition to the neighborhood.

monknyc
April 22nd, 2005, 08:10 PM
Placeholder web site. No pics yet...

http://www.40mercersoho.com/

JonY
April 25th, 2005, 10:29 AM
The renders look rather plain and staid for a Nouvel design. His forte is glasswork.

In reality, I'm sure Nouvel's 40 Mercer will turn out just great. :)

monknyc
May 5th, 2005, 12:22 PM
From an e-mail flyer I received:

40 MERCER RESIDENCES

by Andre Balazs
Architecture by Jean Nouvel
Developed by Hines

Amenities and Services

- 24-hour concierge available for floral services, personal shopping, automotive care, technical support, leisure pursuits, theater/restaurant reservations, travel arrangements, pet care and kennel services, renovation supervision, housekeeping, dry cleaning, laundry service and home maintenance.
- Indoor parking
- Continental breakfast delivery
- The Pool House, featuring an indoor T-shape, 50-foot lap pool, a fully equipped fitness center, steam room, sauna, and jacuzzi, with private bar and lounge
- Massage and spa services available in-residence or at the spa
- A private landscaped garden accessible to all residents
- Additional terraces available for private use
- Private storage
- Valet parking
- Event spaces for use exclusively by residents

Lifestyle

40 Mercer Residences have been created by Andre Balazs, the visionary hotelier behind some of the world's most innovated and acclaimed hotels. His properties are distinguished by a carefully considered sense of place, rigorous attention to detail and atmosphere, and faultless service, all conveyed within buildings of pioneering design and groundbreaking visual excitement. The same qualities of luxury and discreet modern elegance that he has injected into his luxury hotels, winning a passionate and dedicated clientele, will be integrated into the residential life of 40 Merder Residences. Now, his hotel can be your home.

Architect

Jean Nouvel is recognized as one of the world's most outstanding and inventive architects. His work merges a Bauhaus aesthetic in his use of glass and steel with a dramatic, even decorative, sensibility that incorporates transparency, light, and shadow as major design elements. His projects often become major urban events in their own right. His notable buildings include the Lyon Opera House, the Cartier Foundation in Paris, and the Galeries Lafayette flagship in Berlin. He has received the Royal Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects, France's National Grand Prize for Architecture, and Italy's Borromini Prize. 40 Mercer will be his first residential project in the United States.

Building

An extraordinary testament to progressive architecture and ingenious engineering, this stunning, 15-story new building offers magnificent glass curtain walls with a rhythm of panes in vibrant hues of red and blue. Jean Nouvel has conceived a building in which glass acts as both a presence, as in massively scaled transparent sliding walls, and an absence, as in the disappearing floor-to-ceiling windows that bring the outside in and puts all the excitement of SoHo at your feet. Breathtaking panoramas and brilliant light abound in virtually every room.

Residences

Jean Nouvel brings as much ingenuity to the interiors as to the striking exterior of the building, with floor-to-ceiling oak and walnut doors, multi-hued flooring, 12-foot ceilings, and the most distinctive, custom-designed kitchens and bathrooms in the marketplace. Thoughtfully considered and painstakingly assembled, these residences are modern settings distinguished by their old-world craftsmanship and quality of finish. No detail is overlooked.

1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom residences of 1,222 to 4,017 square feet priced from approximately $1,975,000 to $5,875,000. Penthouse residences - two with private pools - are also available. Penthouse pricing available upon request.

londonlawyer
May 11th, 2005, 06:25 PM
Three new renderings of 40 Mercer on the Jean Nouvel site (jeannouvel.com > news > Ground Broken for Soho Grand Residential Apartments).

Any news of who is handling sales for the building?

Is the SoHo Grand Residential apartments another project different from 40 Mercer?

MidtownGuy
May 11th, 2005, 08:00 PM
I think the building will be a splendid addition to the neighborhood- a worthy modern companion to the cast-irons. nice colors in the facade. By the way, has anyone noticed how gorgeous more and more of the buildings along Broadway in Soho are looking, exteriors all being painted and renovated? A recent walk down Broadway on a sunny day took my breath away.

monknyc
May 12th, 2005, 08:16 AM
Is the SoHo Grand Residential apartments another project different from 40 Mercer?

They're the same project. I think the official name now is "40 Mercer Residences."

monknyc
May 12th, 2005, 08:42 AM
As nice as the Jean Nouvel design and other facade renovations are, the blocks surrounding 40 Mercer are in need of more regular sanitation work. Checking out the site last night I had a distinct whiff of rotting garbage and the outdoor urinals that are the side streets intersecting Canal. The only aroma missing was the rotting fish smell from the Chinatown markets a few blocks away.

Not to sound like a total cynic, but I'd imagine the lower 8 stories will have a direct view of the offices and French Culinary Institute space across the street. Not exactly what I was expecting for a $2 million "starter apartment," but then again with that ridiculous list of hotel-style amenities (continental breakfast delivery; private bar; in-residence massage and spa services) it's basically a self-contained metropolis that no resident will ever have to leave, except perhaps in the comfort of a chauffeured limo (valet parking).

Kind of defeats the purpose of living in one of the last remaining (somewhat) authentically industrial and cobblestoned parts of SoHo.

londonlawyer
May 12th, 2005, 11:16 AM
They're the same project. I think the official name now is "40 Mercer Residences."

Thanks.

Gulcrapek
May 28th, 2005, 10:54 PM
http://www.gmsllp.com/img/projects/grand-wooster.jpg

www.gmsllp.com (http://www.gmsllp.com)

monknyc
May 29th, 2005, 02:09 AM
Here's a rave 2001 Herbert Muschamp review from the Times, via Andre Balazs Properties:

http://www.andrebalazs.com/residence/nyt_m40_2.pdf

monknyc
May 29th, 2005, 02:23 AM
Wow. What happened in this new rendering? The base looks so much more massive. And what of the tower? It seems to have lost the cool blue bookend and gained a comparatively boring corporate sleekness not unlike SOM's 7 WTC.

I liked the former emphasis on the steel grid throughout; it really made the building hold its own against all the neighboring cast-irons.

Derek2k3
May 29th, 2005, 12:51 PM
That's an old rendering of when it was programmed as a hotel.

monknyc
May 29th, 2005, 01:15 PM
That's an old rendering of when it was programmed as a hotel.

Thanks. What a relief.

monknyc
June 9th, 2005, 05:13 PM
http://www.rkf.com/pdf/2005_Exclusive_PDFs/40_Mercer_St.pdf

I wonder who they'll manage to get for the retail spaces. Hopefully they'll be a little more high class than the Bang Bang or whatever it is across Broadway. An old school gallery is probably too much to hope for in 2005, with Bloomingdale's down the block.

NYatKNIGHT
June 9th, 2005, 05:20 PM
6/4/05

monknyc
June 9th, 2005, 05:26 PM
Wow. I'm amazed at how much progress they've made in the last month.

I think 40 Mercer and 200 Chambers Street put their shovels in the ground at around the same time a few months back. But 200 Chambers is still a big hole in the ground. It's a sad reflection of the rest of the construction delays in the neighborhood.

Derek2k3
June 11th, 2005, 01:18 PM
http://www.pbase.com/archit_kderek2k3/image/44639545.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/archit_kderek2k3/image/44639546.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/archit_kderek2k3/image/44639547.jpg
nice.

monknyc
June 11th, 2005, 02:12 PM
From the June 2005 issue of Architectural Record:

Big Apple residential developers embracing "signature" architects

The New York Times real estate classifieds now feature a smiling picture of Richard Meier, FAIA, advertising his new condominium tower on Charles Street in Greenwich Village. On the same page, there is a large rendering of Gwathmey Siegel's "Sculpture for Living" high-rise condo building on Astor Place in the East Village, which features "architectural" loft residences. That these architects are at the center of such aggressive marketing campaigns hints at a trend: New York developers are embracing high-quality architecture and hiring an unprecedented number of "signature" designers to build residential projects in the city.

The list includes not only Meier and Gwathmey, but Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, FAIA, Herzog & de Meuron, Arquitectonica, Michael Graves, FAIA, Steven Holl, AIA, Richard Rogers, Richard Gluckman, FAIA, Christian de Portzamparc, and Robert A.M. Stern, FAIA. And that's just the beginning. Meier has four New York projects, three on the Hudson River and one in Brooklyn (no wonder he's smiling). Gwathmey Siegel has six in the works: in the East Village, the West Village, SoHo, Lower Manhattan, on Park Avenue South, and in Midtown.

So why, outside of its world-capital status, has New York become the next stop on the architects du jour traveling parade? First, it seems that New York developers have discovered that investment in good architecture yields big returns.

"Name-brand architecture sells better than your typical vanilla box," says Peter Stalin, editor and publisher of The Stalin Report, an online, New York-based real estate newsletter (thestalinreport.com). Buyers seem to be gravitating toward what marketers label as "distinctive" designs, which are not only attractive, but exciting - one of the chief reasons many come to the city in the first place. Hence developers, long supportive of safe, bland projects, have begun to back projects like Gluckman's One Kenmare Square on the Lower East Side, comprising a series of shifting, curved façade bands that animate the face of the building. Nouvel's 40 Mercer features glass curtain walls with alternating red and blue panes, as well as multihued flooring and loft ceilings inside. The undulating, reflective façade of Gwathmey Siegel's project on Astor Place, while attacked by some critics, has been a huge success, yielding over $2,000 per square foot, some of the most expensive real estate in the city. "As soon as this stuff translates into more money for the developer, all of a sudden design firms become relevant to them," says Gwathmey Siegel principal Robert Siegel, FAIA.

He, along with most architects working on projects in New York, say that the success of Meier's projects (which have nonetheless experienced serious delays) have helped developers drop some of their jitters about less "safe" architecture.

Of course, the architects would not be in New York if developers did not have the luxury of a hot market and some of the richest clients in the world. Michael Slattery, senior vice president of the Real Estate Board of New York, points out that low interest rates and a wave of popularity spurred by improvements begun in the 1990s have encouraged record numbers to gobble up real estate in the city. One indicator of demand: The median price of a condo property in Manhattan went from $455,000 in 2000 to $640,000 in 2004, according to the board.

Spurred also by the success of designer "boutique" hotels, the trend has begun to catch on in cities like Chicago and Los Angeles, as well. But the closest comparisons are Ls Vegas, with a plethora of projects on the Strip, and Miami, where Meier and other high-profile architects are working on luxury high-rises.

Meanwhile, as developers look for more top-rate architecture, they are also utilizing existing structures, effecting changes at some of the city's most treasured buildings. Already the Plaza Hotel's new owners, Elad Properties, are replacing the majority of the legendary building's rooms with condos. The original Metropolitan Life Insurance Building, a beautiful clockctower structure built in 1909 at One Madison Avenue, was recently sold to SL Green Realty Corporation for close to $1 billion to convert into condos.

Richard Lang, public affairs director for the New York Landmarks Conservancy, says that many developers are considering purchasing historic buildings in the city's Flatiron district. Cass Gilbert's Austin-Nichols Warehouse on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is also being converted by condo developers.

The Real Estate Board's Slattery argues that "it's just the nature of the evolution of the city," and a way for the city to adapt to the changing economy. Lang agrees, and notes that condominium owners often take better care of historic properties than owners who simply rent out space. But he also says he mourns the loss of public access to many great buildings, and worries about the status of many historic interiors, which can no longer be landmarked once in private hands. The Plaza's owners claim they will preserve as much as possible, as do Metropolitan Life's owners. Exteriors, too, are at risk.

"There's not much you want to change. These are beautiful buildings," says Michelle LeRoy, vice president of investor relations at SL Green.

NoyokA
June 11th, 2005, 05:46 PM
What residential building is Foster designing?

Derek2k3
June 11th, 2005, 06:19 PM
Maybe they are talking about 200 Chambers. It's basically Foster's design.

antinimby
June 11th, 2005, 09:07 PM
The article left out one big name: Calatrava's 80 SS.

monknyc
June 11th, 2005, 11:05 PM
Maybe they are talking about 200 Chambers. It's basically Foster's design.

Basically. Except that Kondylis seems to have lessened the prominence of the structural elements, which I always liked about Foster's designs. Also, the height of the adjoining community center used to correspond to the third horizontal band on the tower; now the height seems completely arbitrary and without relation to the rest of the development.

In short, Kondylis seems to have removed the best elements from Foster's design and reduced the design to the equivalent of a standard SOM office tower. Coincidentally, isn't it SOM that is responsible for the current planning and designs at Site 5B one block south?

monknyc
June 11th, 2005, 11:22 PM
The article left out one big name: Calatrava's 80 SS.

Ah, yes. How could they possibly forget. Calatrava is New York's media darling these days. A cover on the May 2005 Architectural Record, the AIA Gold Medal, the 80 South Street and transportation hub projects, the upcoming show at the Metropolitan, and perpetual mentions in the Times. Could anyone ask for more?

lofter1
June 16th, 2005, 09:38 AM
I walk by this site almost everyday and the floor slabs are going up at a rate of about 1 floor / week.
The pass through on the north side of the site will be great for those of us who want to avoid the narrow side walks of Grand St.! Plus the plantings of trees, etc. in the drive-way / pass-through area will be a big plus.
The units in the lower base section will have views of some great SoHo buildings. Across Broadway they will have some "breathing" space due to the width of Boradway, but both Grand & Wooster are very narrow streets so with all the glass on 40 Mercer none of the lower units will have much privacy.
View from the upper units in the tower will be terrific to the south, east & west but to the north they will look across about 50 feet to the wall of a 12 story recently renovated building.
With all the Special Permits being applied for in the area (to allow for building penthouses on the top of so many of SoHo's 5-story loft buildings) the views all around could easily disappear -- or be greatly diminished in the coming years.

monknyc
July 10th, 2005, 08:34 AM
Here's the building program:

TOWER

Floor 13: 1.5 Apartments
Floor 12: 1.5 Apartments
Floor 11: 2 Apartments
Floor 10: 2 Apartments
Floor 9: 2 Apartments
Floor 8: 2 Apartments
Floor 7: 1.5 Apartments
Floor 6: 1.5 Apartments

BASE

Floor 5: 7 Apartments
Floor 4: 7 Apartments
Floor 3: 7 Apartments
Floor 2: 6 Apartments
Floor 1: Lobby, Retail
Cellar: Retail, Exercise Room, Swimming Pool, Storage, Parking (10 spaces)

monknyc
July 10th, 2005, 08:42 AM
Info on the apartments in the base, from floors 2 to 5. Unit G does not exist on the second floor to accomodate a double-height lobby lounge. They are ordered counterclockwise from the northwestern corner.

A: 2-bedroom, 1649 SF, northwest corner
B: 3-bedroom, 2476 SF, southwest corner
C: 1-bedroom, 1222 SF, south
D: 2-bedroom, 1843 SF, south
E: 3-bedroom, 2370 SF, southeast corner
F: 2-bedroom, 1415 SF, northeast corner
G: 2-bedroom, 1407 SF, north

lofter1
July 10th, 2005, 03:21 PM
Info on the apartments in the base, from floors 2 to 5. Unit G does not exist on the second floor to accomodate a double-height lobby lounge. They are ordered counterclockwise from the northwestern corner.

A: 2-bedroom, 1649 SF, northwest corner
B: 3-bedroom, 2476 SF, southwest corner
C: 1-bedroom, 1222 SF, south
D: 2-bedroom, 1843 SF, south
E: 3-bedroom, 2370 SF, southeast corner
F: 2-bedroom, 1415 SF, northeast corner
G: 2-bedroom, 1407 SF, north

Any idea / lead as to prices for these units?

monknyc
July 11th, 2005, 11:38 AM
Any idea / lead as to prices for these units?

A flyer distributed by the Sunshine Group states: "1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom residences of 1,222 to 4,017 square feet priced from approximately $1,975,000 to $5,875,000. Penthouse residences - two with private pools - are also available. Penthouse pricing available upon request."

That comes out to about $1500 to $1600 per foot, which is in line with initial pricing at comparable luxury developments like the Richard Meier buildings in the West Village. Amazingly enough it's a bargain, though, when you take into account the fact that the other hotel-style condo, Ian Schrager's John Pawson-designed 50 Gramercy Park North, has now topped $3000 a foot.

monknyc
July 11th, 2005, 12:18 PM
Gulcrapek posted a link to the neighboring 7-story 44 Mercer Street development under the Manhattan Residential Development thread - thanks!

The renderings show the glass facade of 40 Mercer extending on the ground floor to 44 Mercer, which seems to be a mistake. Plans show that the Mercer Street half of the space between the two buildings will be a driveway for the underground parking for 40 Mercer, while the Broadway half will be a private garden for the same building.

From the Traboscia Roiatti Architects site:

"A cast-iron and brick loft building in the SoHo Historic district had been severely damaged in a fire around 1960 and reduced from 5 to 2 stories, the presently existing building has been deemed non-contributing by the Landmark Commission with the exception of the surviving cast-iron storefront columns and granite pillars, which were deemed to be incorporated in the new building. The design draws from the contradictions between the elements, allowing the old to be known but in an entirely new way. A thin glass reveal separates the existing base from the upper glass and metal six storey live-work loft tower addition, which is contained on the north and south sides by the extension of new brick walls rising from the historical base. The upper tower juxtaposes the recessed glazing pane, (typical of the area fenestration), to a curtain wall "fragment" creating a reactive thickness layer which can be inhabited and which connects and separates the urban landscape to the private environment. The "bow window" effect, the deep upper floor recess and the curved roof line are at once familiar, being reminiscent of the surround historical buildings and new. Construction is set to be completed in May 2006."

lofter1
July 11th, 2005, 02:41 PM
The renderings show the glass facade of 40 Mercer extending on the ground floor to 44 Mercer, which seems to be a mistake. Plans show that the Mercer Street half of the space between the two buildings will be a driveway for the underground parking for 40 Mercer, while the Broadway half will be a private garden for the same building.

Yes -- there is an open separation between 40 + 44, for the uses you've described, but renderings I've seen don't seem to show that the garden will be closed to the Broadway side. Rather it appears that it will be a landscped area to allow access to the commerical spaces and residential entry.

The building at 44 shows balconies in the air shaft area. Plans for 40 include a wall to be erected at that edge of the site between 40 + 44 -- not sure how high up the wall will be erected (possibly to full height of the shorter building on Broadway as the rebar that is in place for the wall is set away from that building by a foot or so).

http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=990

monknyc
July 17th, 2005, 09:57 PM
New construction progress photos from the Jean Nouvel site.

stache
July 18th, 2005, 01:30 PM
Thank you for this thread! I walked by this project recently and could not figure out what it was about. It seems so out of character for the area.

pianoman11686
July 22nd, 2005, 12:51 AM
More info on the building next door...from http://cityrealty.com:

Up from the ashes on Mercer Street 21-JUL-05

The Board of Standards & Appeals will hold a hearing July 26 on an application to convert and expand the two-story commercial building at 44 Mercer Street in SoHo as a six-story luxury condominium.

The building was erected as a five-story structure in 1855 but it was reduced to two stories after a fire in 1960.

The project has been approved by the local community board and the existing building has been found to be “non-contributing” to the SoHo Historic District by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The design of the planned construction by TRA Studio, of which Robert Traboscia and Caterina Roiatti are principals, is a very handsome façade that incorporates the surviving cast-iron pillars and granite columns of the existing building’s first floor and adds five floors that are highlighted by recessed windows at the sides and gently curved bow windows in the center. At a hearing before the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Historic Districts Council testified that "the front facade is an intelligent and well thought out solution."

If the application for a special permit to allow conversion from manufacturing to residential zoning on the site is approved, the project is expected to be completed in about a year.

lofter1
July 29th, 2005, 01:33 AM
This building is now up to the ninth floor (the fourth floor of the tower section). Four more floors to go and it will be topped out.

The have also started pouring the wall that will be at the north side of the site (against the existing buildings). There is a form being used (it appears to be approximately 10' x 10') which, when removed, leaves in the wall excised indentations a pattern of parallel and perpendicular lines. Rebar extends up and out of this first section that has been poured and revealed (at the Broadway side of the site) so it seems that the wall will continue up to a greater height.

lofter1
August 10th, 2005, 03:01 AM
The final floors are now being poured.

From a few blocks below Canal Street looking up Broadway the top floors can be seen rising above SoHo.

Can't wait for the glass facade to start going up...

monknyc
August 13th, 2005, 09:42 PM
Info on the apartments in the base, from floors 2 to 5. Unit G does not exist on the second floor to accomodate a double-height lobby lounge. They are ordered counterclockwise from the northwestern corner.

A: 2-bedroom, 1649 SF, northwest corner
B: 3-bedroom, 2476 SF, southwest corner
C: 1-bedroom, 1222 SF, south
D: 2-bedroom, 1843 SF, south
E: 3-bedroom, 2370 SF, southeast corner
F: 2-bedroom, 1415 SF, northeast corner
G: 2-bedroom, 1407 SF, north

The tower floors are basically divided into a western wing (A-line on Mercer Street side) and an eastern wing (B-line on Broadway side), with one passenger elevator with direct apartment access serving each side. The northern spine of the building acts as an exterior corridor linking the two elevators and stairs.

6TH FLOOR
A (duplex, combined with 7A): 4-bedroom, 4116 SF, 1249 SF private terrace with Jacuzzi
B: 2-bedroom, 2943 SF, 1582 SF private terrace with Jacuzzi
Private Terrace 1: 629 SF, southwest corner
Private Terrace 2: 411 SF, south
Private Terrace 3: 360 SF, south
Private Terrace 4: 558 SF, southeast corner
Public Terrace

7TH FLOOR
A (duplex, combined with 6A)
B: 2-bedroom, 2206 SF

8TH - 11TH FLOOR
A: 3-bedroom, 2706 SF
B: 2-bedroom, 2206 SF

12TH FLOOR
A: 3-bedroom, 2706 SF
PH-1 (duplex, combined with 13B): 4-bedroom, 3515 SF

13TH FLOOR
PH-2: 2-bedroom, 2131 SF, 485 SF private terrace
PH-1 (duplex, combined with 12B)

The pool, exercise room and lounge are in the cellar.

monknyc
August 13th, 2005, 09:52 PM
The final floors are now being poured.

From a few blocks below Canal Street looking up Broadway the top floors can be seen rising above SoHo.

Can't wait for the glass facade to start going up...

The building looks to be topped out, with the gray glass of the northern facade now being installed.

Seems that the blue glass will exist on Broadway, and on Grand Street up until a break in the facade for a secondary entrance on Grand Street about 50 ft. east of the western lot boundary. The red glass will exist on Mercer Street and on the remainder of the Grand Street facade.

monknyc
August 13th, 2005, 10:07 PM
The renderings show the glass facade of 40 Mercer extending on the ground floor to 44 Mercer, which seems to be a mistake. Plans show that the Mercer Street half of the space between the two buildings will be a driveway for the underground parking for 40 Mercer, while the Broadway half will be a private garden for the same building.

I was wrong about the renderings for 44 Mercer. Elevations for 40 Mercer now show that the garage and garden entrances will in fact resemble the renderings in that the ground floor glass facade will continue at a height of approximately 20' to the adjacent buildings to the north on both the Mercer Street and Broadway sides. The garden will only be accessible through the building lobby, and the garage entrance will consist of a pair of double doors.

lofter1
August 14th, 2005, 02:26 AM
What is up with this?

This purports to be a presentation for retail info from RFK.
http://www.rkf.com/listings/NEW/40Mercer_main.asp

It says that the building is a "new high-end residential condominium", but it seems that RFK is still using the old discarded rendering from when the project was proposed to be a hotel.

This rendering clearly shows the garden area to be open on the Broadway side (unless that tree has been painted on the wall that now apparently will block the garden from Broadway).

http://www.rkf.com/images/FILESFORWEB_2005/40MercerSt_maina.jpg


Note how in all the newer renderings the marketers have conveniently blocked the view of the portion the development on the north side of the site so that it is not apparent that the garden is no longer accessible.

http://www.curbed.com/archives/2005_5_40mercer.jpg

http://www.curbed.com/archives/2005_04_nouvel-thumb.jpg

I guess this makes sense for those who will be paying $5,000,000.00 to live here, but as a longtime resident of the neighborhood the loss of the what was previously presented as publicly accessible space really disappoints me.

And I think it is completely dishonest and unethical for RFK to continue to use the out-dated renderings shown on their website to market this building.

monknyc
August 14th, 2005, 07:28 AM
The RKF rendering is indeed confusing. I couldn't figure out their intentions for the garden until I saw the plans, which seem to reflect the sketch of a ground floor plan on the second page of RKF's marketing brochure (the wall, in blue, is slightly more visible in the PDF version):

http://www.rkf.com/pdf/2005_Exclusive_PDFs/40_Mercer_St.pdf

In trying to imagine the garden experience I figure it will be like the new MoMA sculpture garden, walled off from a traffic- and tourist-congested street - in this case Broadway as opposed to West 54th Street - in an attempt to form a small elitist oasis in the center of the hustle and bustle and the blaring of horns.

ablarc
August 14th, 2005, 10:38 AM
What's so great about this building?

I know Nouvel's an auteur, but a building like this shakes my faith in that theory.

lofter1
August 14th, 2005, 12:35 PM
What's so great about this building?

I know Nouvel's an auteur, but a building like this shakes my faith in that theory.

I'm beginning to wonder myself...

The renderings show a very awkward rhythm regarding the windows on the base portion -- some double-hung, some not.

My impression now is that the facade will be overly "busy". And once tenants have moved in and applied their own personal touches it is going to look like a jumble of unrefined ideas.

Fabrizio
August 14th, 2005, 05:27 PM
"And once tenants have moved in and applied their own personal touches it is going to look like a jumble of unrefined ideas".


The Seagrams, the UN Plaza apartments... the first wave of glass walled buildings required uniform window treatments..... I hope that´s the case with a building like this.

lofter1
August 27th, 2005, 11:27 AM
The concrete wall at the north side of the site has had the forms removed -- if this were a Tadao Ando project he would make some heads roll (reportedly during construction of the Pulitzer museum in St. Louis Ando demanded that certain walls be repoured multiple times when the results did not meet his requirements; the results of his perfectionism is sublime): some of the forms for the incised lines clearly did not hold during the pour, so what are supposed to be perpendicular lines now look like an EKG.

lofter1
September 19th, 2005, 11:24 PM
Notice the PRIVATE POOL on the TERRACE ...


http://www.triplemint.com/photos/uncategorized/40mercerpoolunit.jpg

http://www.triplemint.com/triplemint/2005/09/jean_nouvel_in_.html#more

From that link:

"The good folks over at Curbed (http://www.curbed.com/) last week (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2005/09/15/development_du_jour_40_mercer.php) practically dared us to surf through the dazzling web site for Jean Nouvel and Andre Balazs' 40 Mercer condo without drooling. After the jump we wipe our chin on our sleeve and focus in on one of the more amazing details of Nouvel's residential vision in SoHo: the huge retractable panes of glass.




" ... From the site's own description:
The design of 40 Mercer Street marks the most cutting-edge use of glass in a residential building in the United States to date...the largest sheets, approximately 7 by 12 feet, ever used on a residential project...On the lower floors, six-foot-wide sash windows open by dropping down to create a safety railing. On higher floors, windows open 17-20 feet wide electronically. All window movements are operated via key-operated motors with a built-in monitoring system. Windows are provided with recessed shades to provide uniformity of appearance from the street."You can see this sliding action via a little animation on the site. We hope the condo bylaws require the shades to be uniform, as Mies insisted with the Seagram Building. Be sure to take a look, as well, at the penthouse image, with its metal louvers like something from the lair of a Bond villain."




http://www.40mercersoho.com/

lofter1
September 19th, 2005, 11:33 PM
Go here to see the floorplan for the fantastic 4139 sq. ft. 2 story unit (it has a double height great room!!). 4 bed / 4 bath with terrace and POOL: http://www.40mercersoho.com/29_web.pdf

lofter1
September 19th, 2005, 11:40 PM
Here's the pool seen from inside the double height great room:

http://www.curbed.com/2005_09_40m1.jpg

sfenn1117
September 20th, 2005, 12:58 AM
Unreal on the one with a pool. At least this one looks nice from the outside too.

lofter1
September 20th, 2005, 01:20 AM
^^ One odd thing about the unit with the pool: It is on the 6th & 7th Floor (the first floors of the tower portion of the building) at the SW corner (intersection of Mercer & Grand); the pool / terrace is on the roof of the 5th Floor.

Directly across Grand (a fairly narrow street) is a 7 story building -- the top two floors of that building rise above the level of the pool / terrace, so privacy might be an issue there.

But I guess if you're paying 5+ Million $$ for the joint you can cough up the cash for some super big trees to plant on your terrace.

lofter1
October 17th, 2005, 12:55 AM
The clips for attaching the facade are going up on the floor plates. Hopefully we'll see some glass soon.

It looks like a "model' unit is being built on the west side at the second floor: metal studs are up all around that part of the building (and no where else).

Ventilation duct work and plumbing risers are up in about half of the building.

lofter1
November 4th, 2005, 01:03 PM
Panels of the glass / metal facade have gone up on the 1st floor on Grand Street at the SW corner of the site.

Clips / cleats for installing additional panels are now up on the floor plates as far as the 4th Floor.

The panels look great: Gun-metal gray colored metal between the large expanses of glass at street level to the ceiling; this glass seems to have a grayish tint. The small upper glass sections at the top of these initial panels (and which cover the floor-plate area) is contrasting: at the corner the smaller glass panel is a deep opaque red; the smaller panels moving east along Grand Street are a textured opaque glass.

The installation so far looks fantastic, a great combination of classic SoHo metal / glass with a completely modern twist.

lofter1
November 10th, 2005, 03:17 PM
More progress: Today workers have installed large "F" shaped metal pieces all along the top perimeter of the 5 floor (where the building sets back to the tower portion). Seemingly these are the supports for facade pieces that will ring the bottom section of the building.

lofter1
November 18th, 2005, 12:24 AM
More street level glass / metal panels were installed today on the Mercer Street facade.

Walking through Tribeca (near Debrosses / West Street) you get a clear shot of the upper floors of this building. The views on those high floors should be incredible.

sfenn1117
November 18th, 2005, 01:52 AM
We should all chip in to get you a camera

lofter1
November 18th, 2005, 01:53 AM
I thought today -- "damn, why don't I get a camera?"

But never liked the darned things...

LeCom
November 19th, 2005, 01:31 AM
At first it looked very mundane but as I looked closer I saw all the awesome detailing... great building for Soho.

lofter1
November 19th, 2005, 09:59 AM
The proportions and articulation on the panels that are being installed are truly great. This will not be another deadly dull flat facade.

NYatKNIGHT
November 21st, 2005, 12:16 PM
Totally agree, I like what I see so far.

lofter1
December 13th, 2005, 10:27 AM
Almost the entire Mercer St. base facade has been installed, as well as ~ 1/3 of the Grand St. facade -- both rise up to the 5th Floor.

The red glass sections play beautifully off of the brick buildings located across the street (brick at both locations: nw corner and se corner). As do the opaque glass sections (which echo the lighter-colored stone details -- window sills, etc. -- on those two nearby buildings).

lofter1
December 18th, 2005, 09:03 PM
The first floor facade along Broadway is now up -- blue glass in the upper panels at the corner of Broadway / Grand (in contrast to the red glass on the opposite end of the building).

antinimby
December 18th, 2005, 10:33 PM
A picture would be nice. Anyone?

lofter1
December 29th, 2005, 12:01 PM
Here is a recent picture via Curbed ( http://www.curbed.com/ ), although this doesn't do justice to how good the glass really looks ...

http://www.curbed.com/archives/2005_12_40mercer.jpg

lofter1
December 30th, 2005, 10:14 AM
Another shot of 40 Mercer facade installation (2nd row, far right -- Broadway facade) via NY SUN ( http://www.nysun.com/edition/2005-12-30_large.jpg ).

The building has two distinct facade styles, one for the larger section of the building at the west end (facing Broadway) and another for the east end (facing Mercer St).

So far the east end treatment appears much more refined, successfully (and quite beatifully) reinterpreting SoHo loft facades, while the west end treatment attempts (somewhat more awkwardly) to reflect in part the double-hung windows found in loft buildings along Broadway.

http://www.nysun.com/edition/2005-12-30_large.jpg

antinimby
January 2nd, 2006, 07:41 AM
although this doesn't do justice to how good the glass really looks ...You're right, it doesn't look that impressive. What will be more interesting and important to the area is the retail on the street level.

infoshare
January 2nd, 2006, 10:17 AM
amen

Jobs - and, tax revenues to support nyc "cultural enhancement" spending.

lofter1
January 2nd, 2006, 10:41 AM
What will be more interesting and important to the area is the retail on the street level.
Chances are there will be very high end retail on the east side of the building: Yohji Yamamoto is diagonal across the street and Ted Baker -- recently expanding into separate Mens & Womens stores -- is directly across the street on Grand.

The terrific building on the SW corner of Grand / Broadway (formerly a funky pizza joint) is covered in scaffolding and has a big sign for "flagship retail space available" -- this building is slated for restoration.

The Broadway end will be trickier for retail -- "Daffy's" is directly across the street and high end doesn't seem to work on Broadway (witness the paucity of customers in the recently opened Bloomingdale's up the block).

lofter1
January 9th, 2006, 09:41 AM
The entire Broadway facade on the base portion is now up and the workers are rapidly installing the remaining panels all along the Grand St. facade. The base portion should soon be completely "wrapped" (although nothing has yet gone up on the courtyard side of the building).

NYatKNIGHT
January 10th, 2006, 03:03 PM
1/7/06
More for progress than details:

http://www.pbase.com/image/54677336.jpg

RedFerrari360f1
January 11th, 2006, 06:09 PM
Rather lame and uninspired in appearance if you ask me.

Fabrizio
January 11th, 2006, 06:20 PM
I´m hoping the "exposed skeleton" thing will be nicely put together and finished. The proportions of the windows and floors look right for the area. Sometimes "bland" is exactly what we need... I´m crossing my fingers for brillance in the details. If this thing is not perfectly engineered it´s going to be a big disapointment.

(Wouldn´t this have been nicer if it were raising straight up...like the classic cast iron buildings, instead of having that slim tower at the top?)

lofter1
July 5th, 2006, 01:01 AM
The steel framework for the glass-enclosed penthouse at 40 Mercer is nearly complete.

The east facing penthouse:

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lofter1
July 5th, 2006, 01:06 AM
The residential lobby-to-be at 40 Mercer (via New York Living Magazine):

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lofter1
July 5th, 2006, 01:11 AM
The spa -- Club M40 -- from Architectural Digest (Spain, April 2006):

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lofter1
July 5th, 2006, 01:17 AM
A south-facing living room on the eastern side of 40 Mercer (Elle Decor):

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lofter1
July 5th, 2006, 01:24 AM
The Mercer St. side with the entrance to the underground garage (GOTHAM):

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lofter1
July 5th, 2006, 01:25 AM
The building from Broadway / Grand (GOTHAM):

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lofter1
July 5th, 2006, 01:37 AM
The application of charcoal-grey metal panels has begun on the northern facade.

This facade displays a marked difference from the other three facades (almost all of which are glass).

The north facade:

http://www.pbase.com/image/42999196.jpg

kurokevin
July 5th, 2006, 11:17 AM
Great building, but for the life of me I cannot figuare out why they chose to leave that ugly and useless gap on the North side of the building. It destroys what could have been a perfect street wall from Houston to Canal.

From the renderings it looks to be a park. If so, these are some expensive Moses apartments.

lofter1
July 5th, 2006, 11:24 AM
I cannot figuare out why they chose to leave that ugly and useless gap on the North side of the building. It destroys what could have been a perfect street wall from Houston to Canal.

Methinks it ^^ was due to the fact that the streetwall along Grand at the southern end of the block was deemed more important. With FAR restrictions and the height desired for the building something had to give -- hence the open space at the north edge of the site.

The space was originally presented (at least in renderings) as an "open" pass-through from Broadwy to Mercer, but later renderings seem to show an enclosure at the Broadway side. How high that enclosure will be and whether or not it will continue the ~ 5 story street wall along Broadway remains to be seen.

The Mercer side has the entrance to the underground garage -- and given the name of the building -- 40 Mercer -- it seems that there will be public access from that side. The rendering shows a 1-story enclosure along that side with a vestibule next to the garage entrance -- so "public access" is probably the wrong term to use -- more than likely there will be a security system at that doorway that will keep out the unwanted.

lofter1
August 22nd, 2006, 12:11 PM
DOB (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobsQueryByLocationServlet?requestid=6&allbin=1077182&allstrt=MERCER+STREET&allnumbhous=44) has issued a DEMO Permit for 44 Mercer, the 3 story building just to the north of 40 Mercer:

08/17/2006 104464722 (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobDetailsServlet?requestid=7&allisn=0001257193&allboroughname=&allnumbhous=&allstrt=) 01 DM 001R PERMIT-ENTIRE 08/17/2006

The protective sidewalk shed is up and work on the Demolition has started.

THe Application for a NEW BUILDING (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobDetailsServlet?requestid=7&allisn=0000938263&allboroughname=&allnumbhous=&allstrt) has so far been DISAPPROVED:
Last Action: PLAN EXAM - DISAPPROVED 01/11/2006 (J)
No. Stories: 7
Height: 100
Dwelling Units: 5
Total Gross Area of Building: 14,812 Sq. Ft.

kurokevin
August 22nd, 2006, 12:47 PM
Whoa! Normally I'd loathe the demoltion of a building in SoHo, but the new 40 Mercer really puts that oldie to shame. Plus, this fixes my biggest complaint of this building: the exposing of that nasty party wall (the rear end of 40 Mercer continues to look more spiffy each day). Maybe its back alley will work for me yet.

Any news on who's designing it? My office is just above Grand Street on the other side of B'way, so this area has particular interest for me

lofter1
August 22nd, 2006, 03:28 PM
The NEW BUILDING Application for 44 Mercer says:
Current Applicant of Record:
CATERINA ROIATTI
TRABOSCIA ROITTI ARCHITECT
421 WEST BWAY
NY, NY 10012

Seems they are doing a few other buildings in the area:

One of their plans (http://www.cityrealty.com/new_developments/news.cr?noteid=8701) (Bond / Lafayette):

http://www.cityrealty.com/graphics/uploads/1142976041_bond8b.gif

and this ...

New SoHo through-block conversion distinguished by four lightwells

15-SEP-05 http://www.cityrealty.com/graphics/V2/new_devs/menu/pixel.gif
http://www.cityrealty.com/new_developments/news.cr?noteid=4949

Construction is nearing completion for the impressive, 7-story condominium apartment building at 22 Mercer Street between Howard and Grand Streets in SoHo.

The red-brick building extends through the block to 443-5 Broadway where the façade is a very handsome Tuckahoe marble with a large, pedimented cornice.

The 16-unit project has been developed by Property Markets Group of which Kevin Maloney is a principal and the restoration work has been designed by Traboscia Roiatti Architects, which is also known as TRA Studio.

Robert Traboscia, the architect, told CityRealty.Com today that two floors were added to the building, which was built in 1860.

The building, whose residential entrance is on Mercer Street, has two- and three-bedroom apartments and two triplex and two duplex penthouses.

The building is distinguished by four lightwells that are lined with glass with ceramic patterns of dots and very reflective Trespa panels. The lightwells taper outwards as they rise to the roof on which there is a 3,000-square foot common recreational roof that faces the Lower Manhattan skyline. The lightwells provide light in master and second bedrooms and glass walls in corridors.

The architects also have designed 501 Broadway that runs through the block to 72 Mercer Street.
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pianoman11686
August 27th, 2006, 10:15 AM
From http://cityrealty.com/new_developments:

40 Mercer Street nearing completion in SoHo 22-AUG-06

http://www.cityrealty.com/graphics/uploads/1156534917_mercer40c.jpg

Construction is nearing completion at 40 Mercer Street that occupies the full north blockfront in SoHo on Grand Street between Mercer Street and Broadway.

Although initial renderings suggested this 13-story building would be a glistening setback towers with colorful highlights, its imposing and impressive built appearance is more like the superstructure of an aircraft carrier in a dark battleship gray with complex, textured facades.

The building has 41 residential condominium apartments and some retail space and it is distinguished by its very large sliding glass windows.

According to the project’s website, the very elegant building’s design “marks the most cutting-edge use of glass in a residential building in the United States to date with colored and transparent, filtered and clear glass, and the largest sheets, approximately 7 by 12 feet, ever used on a residential project.” The windows are triple-glazed.

On lower floors, six-foot-wide sash windows can be lowered to create safety railings and on higher floors the large windows open sideways by means of key-operated motors and the windows have recessed shades to “insure uniformity of appearance from the street, and blackout shades are provided in all bedrooms.” Some of the apartments will have a sliding wall bookcase that can be moved to enclose or open up spaces.

The building has been designed by Jean Nouvel, the well-known French architect who designed the Cartier Foundation Building and L’Institute du Monde Arabe in Paris, the Lyon Opera House and the Commercial Centre Euralille in Lille. This is his first project to be completed in New York. He designed a cantilevered low-rise hotel in Brooklyn jutting into the East River just south of the Williamsburg Bridge and a very dramatic multi-building complex in Chelsea along the High Line, but these projects have not yet advanced beyond the planning stage.

SLCE Architects is also working on the project.

The project was developed by André Balazs Hines Interests.

The building has a five-story base and its setback tower runs parallel to Grand Street. Initial prices for one- to three-bedroom apartments ranged from about $1.9 million to almost $6 million and two penthouse units that will have private pools are priced “upon request.”

The project’s website indicated today that only 3 three-bedroom apartments, all in the base, and one of the “pool residences” at the setback level have not been sold.

Apartments have been planned by Mr. Nouvel and Carlo Molteni to use Italian walnut, Tanganika and Wenge woods in the open-design and very sleek kitchens that will have glassfront Sub-Zero 650 Series refrigerators, Gaggenau 36-inch-wide ovens, Miele dishwashers, wine refrigerators, and Sharp drawer model microwave ovens.

Master bathroom vanities are white oak and walnut with Starphire glass countertops. The bathrooms have stainless steel-trimmed glass shelves, stainless steel Lefroy Brooks faucet sets, Calacatta marble slab floors with timer-controlled radiant heating, six-foot-long tubs and the shower has an 8-inch-diameter rain shower head.

The building will have a garage, 24-hour concierge service, a garden lobby lounge, private storage, and a block-through private park and M40, its private club designed by Roman and Williams, will have a 50-foot lap pool, a bar and lounge/screening area and a swing.

The project was first designed as the 180-room “Broadway” hotel. It was redesigned at the suggestion of the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission to have the windows and floors of the base relate closely to the scale of neighboring cast-iron buildings.

The building is just to the south of 44 Mercer Street, a five-story residential condominium development designed by Traboscia Roiatti Architects on which demolition has just begun.

lofter1
September 20th, 2006, 07:18 PM
OUCH .. How it hurts when you can't get what you think you want ...

Gotta love this from CURBED (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2006/09/20/a_stiff_drink_of_new_development_smackdown.php#mor e) / VANITY FAIR (http://www.vanityfair.com/commentary/content/articles/060918roco02):

A Stiff Drink of New Development Smackdown

Wednesday, September 20, 2006
by Lockhart

http://www.curbed.com/2006_09_stiff.jpg

As soon as the October Vanity Fair (Suri Cruise edition) hit the newsstands, we started getting emails from readers imploring us to post about A.A. Gill's startling takedown of the Manhattan new development scene. We held off until the piece went online—which it now has. Suffice to say, if there existed a Curbed required reading list, this would be near the top. Choice quotes:


On Richard Meier's West Village towers:
"They're striking because they're so unlikely. Like finding three zebras in your garden. But in a suburb of Berlin they would be as unexceptional and uninspiring as leather shorts and an oompah band."

On Ian Schrager's 40 Bond:
"Imagine that: coming home and finding a shrieking gay Cuban bouncer with a clipboard on the door; three peroxided trust-fund brats with added silicone bits, all talking at once, locked in the bathroom; and a family from Idaho in town to see The Producers asleep in your bedroom."But it's the Jean Nouvel-architected, André Balasz designed 40 Mercer (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2005/09/15/development_du_jour_40_mercer.php) (top) in Soho that really takes it on the chin.

http://www.curbed.com/2005_09_40m3.jpg


It starts with this take on the 40 Mercer saleswoman:
The salesperson walks in with a humorless professional smile. She's not what I expect.... In a beat, she seems to sum up my net worth, potential income, status, and I feel myself fall short. No—collapse short. Then she does what we in the Old World call "French flirting," which is like regular, full-beam flirting, but done to show you what you're not going to get. Flirting with malice. She shows me her teeth, licks her lips, picks up the clipboard, flashes a wink of cleavage, and we go to see the building.... and segues to this:
I can't help noticing that on the stairwell landings, wherever she stops, there is, just behind her head, a large graffitied penis, usually with a terse exclamation referring to Don, who apparently "focks hos and takes it in the as." Oddly, they don't put that in the brochure, but the place is infested with penises. Everywhere you look it's like a Neolithic fertility site.We won't spoil it all, but read on for five-head action, and a special appearance by Shvo's 20 Pine.

· Condos of the Living Dead (http://www.vanityfair.com/commentary/content/articles/060918roco02) [Vanity Fair]

lofter1
October 24th, 2006, 03:32 PM
Signs have gone up in the windows at 40 Mercer along the entire Broadway frontage and about 1/2 way west on Grand for Wachovia Bank -- the first commercial tenant for this new building.

MidtownGuy
October 24th, 2006, 04:43 PM
Of course, another bank branch.

lofter1
October 25th, 2006, 05:53 PM
Some recent pics of 40 Mercer ...

The building next door to the north at 44 Mercer has come down (just a 1-story Cast Iron facade will remain and be incorporated into the new building going up on that site). Through that now-open roof can be seen the north facade of 40 Mercer -- steel-gray metal panels flush with the very large windows -- a great contrast to the more articulated glass & metal on the east, west and south facades ...

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lofter1
October 25th, 2006, 05:58 PM
The Grand Street facade has, at mid-block, a channel recessed into the building (seen at the lower right in the first pic) ... one side of the channel is covered in deep red metal paneling, the opposite side is deep blue and the side facing the street is mirrorered, reflecting the red brick of the building across Grand Street to the south ...

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lofter1
October 25th, 2006, 06:06 PM
The penthouse at the eastern side of the tower is a glass cube protected from the sun by a series of blue louvers that cover the east and skyward exposures -- the north and south exposures are completely clear and open ...

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Strattonport
October 26th, 2006, 11:36 AM
Nice pics.

lofter1
November 11th, 2006, 07:27 PM
New Deep Red glass canopies have been installed fronting Mercer St. & the western end along Grand St. ...

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antinimby
November 12th, 2006, 12:37 AM
Must be a recent add-in feature, since the original renderings didn't show the canopies. I like it, a nice touch.

http://www.pbase.com/archit_kderek2k3/image/44639546.jpg

aural iNK
November 12th, 2006, 02:48 AM
Are those not the canopies on the far left corner?

lofter1
November 12th, 2006, 10:20 AM
Are those not the canopies on the far left corner?

Yep, those are them ...

I, too, had not noticed them on the renderings before I saw them yesterday on site.

Peteynyc1
November 12th, 2006, 11:57 PM
I hate bank branches. This building is gorgeous and beautifully artistic and in comes a bland boring corp sponsor like a bank to ruin the party.

lofter1
November 13th, 2006, 12:31 AM
I'm curious to see if Wachovia does a top level installation here. Or if we'll just get their standard branch.

antinimby
November 13th, 2006, 05:26 PM
Are those not the canopies on the far left corner?I knew that.
lofter's pics seems to show those canopies going all around the building whereas the rendering only showed them over an entrance.

lofter1
November 13th, 2006, 06:58 PM
They run the full length of the Mercer side, the western 1/3 along Grand.

BigMac
November 29th, 2006, 03:15 PM
Curbed
November 29, 2006

40 Mercer Update: Good Glass (Go Figure)

by Lockhart

http://www.curbed.com/2006_11_40mercer.jpg

Given all the facades (particularly glass facades) we mock for turning out nothing like the early renderings, a special Curbed salute to the glorious glass on Jean Nouvel's nearly (externally) complete 40 Mercer in Soho.

· 40/40 (Bond/Mercer) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15937237@N00/sets/72157594377978243/) [Stu_Jo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15937237@N00/)/Curbed Photo Pool]
· Glass Acts: 40 Bond, 40 Mercer (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2006/09/28/glass_acts_at_40_bond_40_mercer_.php) [Curbed]

Copyright © 2006 Curbed

lofter1
December 18th, 2006, 06:28 PM
40 Mercer is closing in on completion ...

Some views of the courtyard side ...

The exterior walkway from Mercer Street:

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/40%20Mercer/40Mercer_27a.jpg

The Mercer Street entrance to underground parking:

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The north facade from Mercer Street:

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/40%20Mercer/40Mercer_27e.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/40%20Mercer/40Mercer_27d.jpg

And the view to the north of the sorry backside of the little old neighbor:

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/40%20Mercer/40Mercer_25e.jpg

ablarc
December 19th, 2006, 07:58 AM
^ Isn't this really Brutalism? Peter and Alison Smithson.

Fabrizio
December 19th, 2006, 08:46 AM
I was thinking the same thing. I like those very shallow balconies and the shallow protrusions... nice... and the black. IMO vertical panes and panels would have been nicer, but this works. This whole building looks extra beautiful.

finnman69
December 19th, 2006, 09:49 AM
Curbed
November 29, 2006

40 Mercer Update: Good Glass (Go Figure)

by Lockhart

http://www.curbed.com/2006_11_40mercer.jpg

Given all the facades (particularly glass facades) we mock for turning out nothing like the early renderings, a special Curbed salute to the glorious glass on Jean Nouvel's nearly (externally) complete 40 Mercer in Soho.

· 40/40 (Bond/Mercer) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15937237@N00/sets/72157594377978243/) [Stu_Jo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15937237@N00/)/Curbed Photo Pool]
· Glass Acts: 40 Bond, 40 Mercer (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2006/09/28/glass_acts_at_40_bond_40_mercer_.php) [Curbed]

Copyright © 2006 Curbed

Only question, is it really this dark in person, kind of dark for the generally light colored cast iron facades in Soho. I have not taken a trip down to see it yet but plan on it. Once again a case of the rendering looking nothign like the finished product.

NYCDOC
December 19th, 2006, 09:55 AM
But why the separation from the neighborhood? I hate that it stands alone and that there is a walkway between it and the other buildings on the street. The building itself is okay, but in my opinion it would have been better if we could have done it without a parking garage and crapy public seating area.

NYCDOC
December 19th, 2006, 09:57 AM
But why the separation from the neighborhood? I hate that it stands alone and that there is a walkway between it and the other buildings on the street. The building itself is okay, but in my opinion it would have been better if we could have done it without a parking garage and crapy public seating area. If we keep developing stand alones like this soon enough this place will look like LA or something.

finnman69
December 19th, 2006, 10:06 AM
especially the base



^ Isn't this really Brutalism? Peter and Alison Smithson.

http://pine.psych.cornell.edu/personal/misc/walk_to_work/P4280180.JPG
Uris Hall, Cornell University
1973 Gordon Bunschaft, SOM

lofter1
December 19th, 2006, 10:07 AM
We should be so lucky that the courtyard will offer a "public" seating area ...

In person the building has a lot of reflectivity ... the north facade is actually a very deep charcoal grey -- metal panels with a sheen, insterspersed with the dark glass.

Without the courtyard the building wouldn't have the tower (FAR). And the streetwall along Grand was determined to be of prime importance.

I really like this building -- but will await final judgment until the courtyard is completed -- and the new building just to the north on Mercer goes up to see how it all relates.

Fabrizio
December 19th, 2006, 10:09 AM
Brutalism: I think Ablarc was talking about the side view.

But wow, that wall in the above photo (Uris Hall, Cornell University) is cool and classy.

finnman69
January 7th, 2007, 03:46 PM
a very cool building, very appropriae for Soho. It's dark, but not as dark as the photos have suggested. I think because its so dark, it's difficult for automatic cameras to get a correct exposure. I would have liked it to be a shade lighter, but this is a rgeat building. Question is, do you really want to drop mega millions to live in such a busy nasty retail street like Broadway?

Also checked out 40 Bond. I think 40 mercer will be better.

lofter1
January 7th, 2007, 05:37 PM
Another question: Do you want a swimming pool / deck overlooking Broadway (such is is offered with the unit at the setback above the 5th Floor -- a seemingly quieter pool area is also offered at the other end of the building along Mercer Street)?

finnman69
January 8th, 2007, 06:14 PM
Another question: Do you want a swimming pool / deck overlooking Broadway (such is is offered with the unit at the setback above the 5th Floor -- a seemingly quieter pool area is also offered at the other end of the building along Mercer Street)?


but no way would I buy if I could along Bway.

lofter1
January 14th, 2007, 08:02 PM
Another bank branch gets ready to open ...

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/40%20Mercer/40Mercer_29a_Bank.jpg

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p242/Lofter1/40%20Mercer/40Mercer_29b_Bank.jpg

Turboff
March 21st, 2007, 11:54 PM
Found this set earlier today. What Columbia Business School has to do with a construction site, however, I can't say.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/spae/sets/72157600011014164/with/427981796/

lofter1
March 22nd, 2007, 02:22 AM
What seems to be the very first tenants were moving in over the weekend -- or at least their movers were loading their possessions into the building.

Kris
April 3rd, 2007, 05:51 PM
April 2, 2007
Seductive Machines for City Living
By NICOLAI OUROUSSOFF

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Jean Nouvel’s residential building in SoHo updates the cast-iron structures of that neighborhood.

In today’s Manhattan, there are few better ways to assume the mantle of sophistication than shelling out millions to live in a building designed by a famous architect. The result is a surfeit of architects pumping out emblems of conspicuous consumption.

But on occasion the result is also exquisite architecture.

Two new residential buildings designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel even raise the possibility that hedonistic materialism is good for the soul. Both buildings — one nearing completion in SoHo, the other just getting under way in Chelsea — are being marketed as collectibles for the ultra-rich, but they are more than baubles.

Their dreamy lobbies and sleek apartments conjure the kind of voyeuristic fantasy that, as Hitchcock understood, makes city life so tantalizing. At the same time they take their cues from the rough edges — empty lots, blank brick walls, rooftop graffiti — that express New York’s essential gritty identity.

Of the two the SoHo building is the more restrained. Its muscular steel frame rises on Grand Street between Broadway and Mercer, formerly a light-manufacturing area, later an art mecca and now a trendy shopping district overrun with tourists. The neighborhood’s once-derelict cast iron-frame buildings are now prized real estate.

Mr. Nouvel doesn’t reject this history; he tips his hat to it, showing us what can be accomplished through ingenious planning and calculated consideration of the setting. The building’s heavy steel frame, for instance, can be read as an updated version of those cast-iron structures that give SoHo its industrial character. The height of its five-story base loosely follows the cornice line of the masonry buildings along Broadway, and the upper floors are set back from the street to make room for large terraces, at eye level with the nearby rooftops.

Architects will doubtless notice how the steel I-beams framing the exterior play on the formal elegance of Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building uptown, perhaps the city’s greatest Modernist landmark. They also bring to mind the glass-and-steel grids of Richard Meier’s recent residential towers on the West Side Highway at Perry Street and Charles Street.

Mr. Meier’s finely detailed creations suggest the cool precision of a Swiss watch, but Mr. Nouvel is after something more slyly playful. Mr. Meier likes his steel white; Mr. Nouvel, battleship gray. The I-beams in Mr. Nouvel’s SoHo building are set flush with the glass, giving it a taut profile. The rear, overlooking a narrow empty lot that will be transformed into a private garden, is treated as a raw concrete wall punctured by unadorned windows: the kind of blank side wall we associate with humdrum tenements.

There are other signs that this building is not ready to conform. In a rather strained note, an odd trellis-like structure decorated with blue glass louvers wraps over the building’s top corner, a kind of contemporary cupola meant to contrast with the dome of the 1909 Police Building a few blocks away. Horizontal bands of dark blue and red glass interrupt the purity of the street facades. On warm days big mechanized glass panels set into the facade — essentially moving walls — will slide open, transforming the apartments into covered terraces and giving the building the appearance of an elaborate machine.

Mr. Nouvel has played this trick before — most notably in his Nemausus housing project in Nîmes, France — to allow the messiness of the apartments to spill into view, breaking down the distance between the building’s inner life and the life of the street. (Picture, if you will, how much livelier the SoHo building would be with satellite antennas and clotheslines strung between the windows.)

It’s only when you step inside that you experience the building’s underlying hedonism. The lobby, not yet finished, is conceived as a vertical slot, extremely high and narrow, framed by windows overlooking a leafy tree-filled garden on one side; on the other, panels of reflective glass are superimposed with black-and-white images of a forest.

As you proceed through the lobby, the images will dissolve into spectral scenes, a haunting fairy tale landscape of trees, real and fake, and shadowy figures. A slot of glass laid into the lobby floor allows you to peek down at an underground pool in which residents will be visible bathing surrounded by white marble.

Real estate agents, no doubt, have promised glimpses of a dripping wet Uma Thurman (who has been dating André Balazs, the building’s developer), although you’re more likely to spot an overweight bond trader. But who cares? The point is titillation. And once you enter the apartments, the views are truly stupendous: elaborate cornices, wrought iron facades, wood water towers and rooftop graffiti.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/02/arts/design/02nouv.html

Alonzo-ny
April 3rd, 2007, 07:12 PM
Is there a thread for the other nouvel building?

NYatKNIGHT
April 3rd, 2007, 07:26 PM
It's been discussed in Highline Area Development (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10006&page=14).

Alonzo-ny
April 3rd, 2007, 08:18 PM
http://www.curbed.com/2007_03_nouvel2.jpg
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2007/04/02/arts/Nouvel3650.jpg

I like

pianoman11686
May 14th, 2007, 03:18 PM
The Next Dakota

French starchitect Jean Nouvel’s 40 Mercer reimagines the quintessential
New York apartment house downtown, with river views.

By David Colman

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Left, Jean Nouvel in one of 40 Mercer's apartments, many of which have either red or blue glass
accent windows. Right, looking up at the mammoth blue-glass-louvered brise-soleil at the top of
the building's Broadway façade, a reimagined cornice that refers to the neighboring nineteenth-
century rooflines.

Breaking ground is all well and good, but it can also be argued that the best architects are those who give into that most human urge: to reproduce.

That thought is crystallized in famed French architect Jean Nouvel’s gleaming new Soho apartment house, 40 Mercer, a vision in red, blue, steel, and wood. Quieter, cleverer, and more lavish than Richard Meier’s Perry Street towers, 40 Mercer pays homage not only to its neighboring nineteenth-century cast-iron buildings (and their fifteenth-century Florentine forebears) but to a host of twentieth-century greats: Mondrian, Barragan, Mies van der Rohe. And yet it is utterly seductive as a unique and intriguing work of architecture.

There are a thousand little points of reference. The bracketed cornice on the east façade and the boxy, planar Palladian windows on the rear are a reference to nearby Broadway façades. Inside, the wood-and-stainless-steel kitchens nod to Eames, and the sleek, multiple-veneered and back-painted glass-tile bathrooms recall Parisian Art Deco luxury. Those touches might be lost on some, although not on Todd Eberle, one of today’s best-known architectural photographers and a contributor at Vanity Fair. For him, 40 Mercer was love at first sight. He and longtime boyfriend Richard Pandiscio were among the first people to move into the building late last month; these photos document the move.

“I love how Nouvel references the history of Soho and how seriously he took the responsibility of putting a building in that historic area,” said Eberle, who is more used to photographing starchitect buildings that spring up like magic mushrooms, irrespective of place. “This isn’t an arrogant, arriviste building,” he said. “There’s a soul in this building, and that comes from Nouvel’s dialogue with the history around it.”

Of course, one might expect Eberle to be charitably inclined to 40 Mercer, given that Pandiscio—the marketing mind behind the Neue Galerie, Cipriani Wall Street, and the Urban Glass House—has also done 40 Mercer’s branding campaign.

But even buying one of the building’s smaller apartments— a hardly humble,1,700-square-foot two-bedroom enfilade and the only one whose windows have both red and blue panes of the colored glass that makes the building so Mondrian-esque—was a severe financial stretch, a testament to both men’s affinity for the place. It also makes a supreme location for the couple’s collection of Donald Judd furniture and sculpture.

Even now, when all the apartments are long sold and Pandiscio could easily stop gushing, he says that his initial sales pitch of world-class luxury totally missed the mark. “It wasn’t until the place was more or less done that I really got in it, and got to see that Nouvel is all about light and reflection and volume and proportion,” he says. “I felt like I had kind of failed.” Hardly.

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Left, a massive Donald Judd library table and chairs (soon to be joined by other pieces) have an
ideal home in Eberle and Pandiscio's apartment. Right, view of the building.

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Views of the building, inside and out.

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Left, the building's kitchens, finished with a variety of beautiful woods, recall the shelving
designed by Charles and Ray Eames. Right, the building's references to Mondrian are playful
but contribute to its overall sense of serenity.

Copyright © 2007, New York Magazine Holdings LLC.

ZippyTheChimp
May 14th, 2007, 04:03 PM
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pianoman11686
June 27th, 2007, 10:11 PM
6/26:

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Citytect
June 28th, 2007, 06:52 PM
Could the distortion created by those non-flat panes of glass be intentional? Most of the glass is very flat, but the rest appears to create an interesting abstraction in the reflections. Seems like something Nouvel would do.

Also, the view out of the red windows onto the streets of SoHo reminds me of some of Warhol's work. That also seems like something Nouvel would do intentionally.

Edward
March 23rd, 2008, 12:56 PM
See 40 Mercer St condo sales prices and floor plans (http://condos.wirednewyork.com/search/buildingdetails.aspx?bid=4679) in our Condo section.

lofter1
April 23rd, 2009, 12:19 PM
The new one next door at 44 Mercer is nearly complete. From CURBED (http://curbed.com/archives/2009/04/23/breaking_up_not_hard_to_do_at_sohos_44_mercer.php) :

Breaking Up Not Hard to Do at Soho's 44 Mercer

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The newest building to go up on cobblestone-lined Mercer Street,
Soho's 44 Mercer has finally come out into the open. The rendering and floorplans (http://curbed.com/tags/44-mercer)
from TRA Studio surfaced at the end of 2007, back when this was
a seven-story single-family dwelling going for a cool $25 million.
But times have changed, so the offer these days is four full-floor
units priced from $2.75 million to $3.2 million (three are already
in contract, per StreetEasy), and a $6.25 million super duper duplex penthouse (http://www.brownharrisstevens.com/detail.aspx?id=887546)
with fireplaces, balconies and a private roof deck complete with hot tub.
Will the virtual doorman be able to keep us from crashing?

The facade of the six residential floors is ultra-modern, with glass
and steel fronting onto Mercer. In contrast, the fully exposed south wall
is utilitarian brick with a regular set of rectangular windows, all facing onto
the imposing north wall of Jean Nouvel's 40 Mercer. Down on the street will
be a retail space with an all-new cast iron front. So far this one looks even
sharper than the renderings, which is always welcome from the newest
neighbor on the block. Agreed?

· Listing: 44 Mercer Street #PH (http://www.brownharrisstevens.com/detail.aspx?id=887546) [BHS]
· 44 Mercer coverage (http://curbed.com/tags/40-mercer) [Curbed]

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More pics at CURBED (http://curbed.com/archives/2009/04/23/breaking_up_not_hard_to_do_at_sohos_44_mercer.php)

44 Mercer

Jasonik
April 23rd, 2009, 12:25 PM
I hope the 'side' windows of the bays are venting.

Derek2k3
October 1st, 2009, 07:44 PM
http://www.observer.com/2009/real-estate/have-mercer-condo-nouvel%E2%80%99s-castle-sells-loss-422-m

Have Mercer! Condo at Nouvel’s Castle Sells at a Loss for $4.22 M.

By Max Abelson
September 30, 2009 | 8:18 a.m.
Have Mercer! Condo at Nouvel’s Castle Sells at a Loss for $4.22 M.


The world of expensive Manhattan real estate is an outstandingly weird one. When proper Upper East Side brokers don’t get an exclusive listing they were hoping for, sometimes they’ll complain to you: “She’s a bitch with fake blond hair, one kidney and a bad nose job.” On Sept. 29 alone, city records showed that a man named Stuyvesant P. Comfort bought a $5.9 million apartment on Park Avenue, and Mr. Lloyd Plenty paid $4 million on East 86th Street.

Things get odder. In April, Curbed.com wondered why a $4.5 million unit at the beautiful new 40 Mercer Street condo, whose Pritzker Prize–winning architect, Jean Nouvel, sprinkled reds and blues into its glass, could have resold for only $135,000. As it turns out, it didn’t. The six-digit deed was for a separate cabana there, a source in the building told The Observer.

Half a year later, that $4.5 million unit was actually just sold off, according to another deed, for only $4,220,000—still a relatively sad sum, especially considering that the condo’s asking price was once as high as $7.25 million. The buyer is a limited liability corporation that seems to be connected to Tamares Real Estate, which, among other things, is a big Las Vegas gaming landlord. Executive Kenneth Landfield, who is listed in the deeds, did not return a call.

Weirdly, the buyer signed a $2 million financing agreement with Pocal Industries in Scranton, Penn., records show. Pocal’s Web site says the company has been “manufacturing high quality, mortar training ammunition since 1981.” A call to the firm was not returned.

But oddest of all is how humdrum it’s become to sell an apartment at a loss. What would have seemed like an amusing impossibility a year and a half ago is now pedestrian: No one would really be offended to hear that the apartment was sold for $280,000 less than the $4.5 million its seller paid in 2007. At least it didn’t sell for $135,000! “Well, look, any time you buy during a peak, if you have to sell within the next couple of years, you’re out of luck,” Douglas Elliman’s president and CEO, Dottie Herman, said in August. “That’s life.”

mabelson@observer.com



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Zhå-or'que (http://www.flickr.com/photos/markvanraai/3101311250/sizes/l/)

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Jeff Smith

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Jeff Smith

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Jeff Smith


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Jeff Smith

More great photos by Jeff Smith here:
http://www.jeffsmithphoto.net/Commercial-Architecture/Case-Studies/40-Mercer-Residences/8138936_ZXEfc#530877797_UXzj2

Merry
October 30th, 2009, 07:52 AM
Curbed House Call: 40 Mercer Wants to Feel Better

October 29, 2009, by Joey

It's time for another Curbed House Call, in which we take a look at a notable but maybe not-so-new building and take its market temperature.

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The cabanas, the crazy pool, the private club—the Jean Nouvel-designed 40 Mercer will always be one of Soho's main attractions. Did you know that André Balazs developed 40 Mercer as a hotel, but switched to condos once hotel financing dried up after 9/11? Weird to think of the place (http://www.40mercersoho.com/) as an inn, but that's a tale for another time. Folks, there is serious drama going on at the titan of tinted glass. Sure, cabanas are still trading for $135,000, but at least one apartment in the 13-story, 40-unit building recently sold at a loss (http://curbed.com/archives/2009/09/30/the_apocalypse_is_nigh_at_40_mercer.php)! Blasphemy! There are currently five units on the resale market, and we want to take a closer look at four of them. To the House Call!

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Unit: 12E (http://www.brownharrisstevens.com/detail.aspx?id=986336)
Price: $7.995 million
Stats: 2BR, 2.5BA, 2206sf
The Skinny: Think the $3,600/sf asking price is a little outrageous? This is the same apartment (http://curbed.com/archives/2009/01/19/on_the_market_40_mercer_seller_seeks_russian_oliga rch.php) that was asking $10.85 million in January. Numerous chops have followed, including the dip down to the current price back in September. Why do we include the floorplan? To compare it with what's going on below.

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Unit: 11W (http://www.brownharrisstevens.com/detail.aspx?id=1061416)
Price: $7.99 million
Stats: 3BR, 3.5BA, 2,706sf
The Skinny: Note the similar yet slightly lower asking price when compared with the unit above. But this apartment, according to the given stats, is 500 square feet bigger. Maybe the blue boxes are more valuable than the reddish ones?

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Unit: #17 (http://www.sothebyshomes.com/nyc/sales/0016264#)
Price: $2.75 million
Stats: 1BR, 1.5BA
The Skinny: Is that a TV/stripper pole hybrid? Brillz.

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Unit: #9 (http://mercedesberk.com/property/10103/info.html)
Price: $2.195 million
Stats: 1BR + HO, 1.5BA, 1,222sf
The Skinny: We didn't think it was possible, but someone has succeeded in taking dark, dull and disappointing photos of 40 Mercer interiors. According to StreetEasy (http://www.streeteasy.com/nyc/sale/110459-condo-40-mercer-street-9-soho-new-york) this unit sold for $2.35 million in 2007, so we have another loser on our hands. As Jean Nouvel would say, sacre bleu!

40 Mercer coverage (http://curbed.com/tags/40-mercer) [Curbed]
40 Mercer (http://www.40mercersoho.com/) [Official Site]

http://curbed.com/archives/2009/10/29/curbed_house_call_40_mercer_wants_to_feel_better.p hp

lofter1
October 30th, 2009, 10:10 AM
Such a great design idea in Unit #17 to put the wide screen TV in front of the big window -- and to cut the carpet with ragged edges to fit around the "TV/stripper pole hybrid".

ablarc
October 30th, 2009, 12:56 PM
^ Unless you close the drapes, you won't see much on that screen.

The ragged-edged carpet is an affectation at best. Suum quique.

Fabrizio
October 30th, 2009, 01:11 PM
All just awful...all of that money and nothing nice. Unit #9's living room looks like a dorm, complete with sofa found on the street..

Unit 17's coffee table is available here.... for $199.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40138133

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nykid17
February 8th, 2010, 07:56 PM
No touching up, it just photographs well.
I love this one...
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Derek2k3
October 11th, 2010, 03:06 PM
Nice though austere.

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lofter1
October 11th, 2010, 03:55 PM
Lots of work continues (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobsQueryByLocationServlet?next.x=48&next.y=16&allbin=1087559&allcount=0041&allboroughname=&allstrt=&allnumbhous=&jobsubmdate_month=&jobsubmdate_date=&jobsubmdate_year=&allinquirytype=BXS1PRA3&alljobtype=&passdocnumber=&stcodekey=&ckbunique=&glreccountn=0000000068&requestid=2) here in the units on the upper floors.

One PH Duplex (http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/JobsQueryByNumberServlet?requestid=3&passjobnumber=110131278&passdocnumber=01) just got the work finished this summer. Don't know if it's the one to the east with the cool louvered glass box.

Merry
October 2nd, 2012, 06:54 AM
This is just evil...<sigh>.


$16 Million Pad at 40 Mercer Looks Like a Private High Line

by Sara Polsky

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So this is what it looks like on the higher floors of 40 Mercer. This new-to-market place (http://www.sothebyshomes.com/nyc/sales/0018516#floorplans) is a 3BR, 3.5BA with an interior square footage of 3,006 and a 1,582-square-foot terrace that, in that lit-up night shot, bears a bit of a resemblance to the High Line, if the High Line also had a lap pool. Not bad! The brokerbabble doesn't add much detail, but maybe it doesn't need to. The place last sold (http://streeteasy.com/nyc/sale/739374-condo-40-mercer-street-soho-new-york) (to a trust) for $12 million in 2009, and it changed hands again last year for precisely zero dollars. This time around the price is $16 million.
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Listing: 40 Mercer Street (http://www.sothebyshomes.com/nyc/sales/0018516#floorplans) [Sotheby's via StreetEasy (http://streeteasy.com/nyc/sale/739374-condo-40-mercer-street-soho-new-york)]

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2012/10/01/16_million_pad_at_40_mercer_looks_like_a_private_h igh_line.php

lofter1
October 2nd, 2012, 06:03 PM
The gardening costs alone would break me. But I'd gladly drop by for dinner.