Herzog & de Meuron has teamed up with British designer John Pawson to design a 28-story tower for Manhattan’s Bowery district. The raw concrete tower, as developer Ian Schrager describes, will be designed as the “ultimate expression of Uptown meets Downtown.” Eleven luxury residences will top a 370-room hotel, all featuring open plans and mullionless floor-to-ceiling windows that frame unobstructed views of the city.
“Our idea was to stack two very distinct typologies on top of each other, and on one hand to express their difference, while on the other to unify them within the same building skeleton,” described Jacques Herzog. “It was also our aim to complement them with a diverse mix of uses so that the building becomes like a city within the city.”
The structural skeleton defines the architecture of the building, Herzog explains: “To introduce a sense of scale and to further foster the expression of each individual floor, each column is slightly inclined. The prominent corner of the building facing Chrystie Street is where the two geometries of the inclined columns meet. Rather than giving one direction priority, the two directions are braided together. The result is a sculptural corner column that becomes the visual anchor for the entire building.”
A featured amenity will be a private garden space, separated from the street by a dense green wall.
The project, named 215 Chrystie, is slated for completion in 2016.
LocationManhattan, New York, NY, USA
PhotographsCourtesy of Ian Schrager Company