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New designs of the six-story, 34,000 square foot building on the intersection of Broadway and Spring Street in the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District in New York City led Commissioner Fred Bland to proclaim it as the most exciting building proposed during his tenure. The proposal, designed by BKSK Architects, sits on a $147.9 million site purchased in December of 2012 by prominent developers, setting a per-buildable-square-foot record for SoHo retail. Their early intent of demolishing the existing building and constructing a new one garnered significant opposition. That is, till they revealed what was to replace it. Reminiscent of the original 19th century hotel that preceded it, the new building's facade pays homage to the past and present in one parametric swoop. In elevation, the heavy terracotta facade gradually morphs, becoming less dense as it approaches the far end of the building, transitioning almost completely into vision glass held by thin mullion details. View more View full description
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