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    What residential building is Foster designing?

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    Maybe they are talking about 200 Chambers. It's basically Foster's design.

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    The article left out one big name: Calatrava's 80 SS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek2k3
    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby
    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?

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    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.

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    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)

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by monknyc
    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1
    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.

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    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."
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    Quote Originally Posted by monknyc
    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/at...tachmentid=990

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    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.

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    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.

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