Grounded in the foothills of the downtown skyline, where the quaint streets of Tribeca scale upwards into the shimmering temples of capitalism, lies the 35,000-square-foot construction site of an upcoming 62-story condominium known as 111 Murray (previously called 101 Murray). Architecture critic Carter Horsley exclaims, “111 will be the most elegant addition to the downtown skyline in decades.” Truly, the Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates-designed tower–reminiscent of a champagne flute with its curvaceous body, narrowing mid-section, and flared crown–will be a refreshing expression of form and fluidity that will counteract the blocky towers that have shrouded the once romantic skyline. We’ve uncovered some brand-new renderings of the tower, and they continue to impress.
In an era where super-slim and super-tall announcements have grown routine, 111 Murray is the latest residential skyscraper to show its full face and lavish interiors. The three new images posted on KPF’s website further illustrate the design’s softness and sensitivity towards fitting into both the skyline and the streetscape. While the 62-story, 792-foot tower won’t come close to breaking any height records (it’s only half the height of the tallest upcoming super-tower, the 1,535-foot Central Park Tower), it will comfortably provide the bulk of its residents with the type of far-flung views this new genre of skyscrapers strives for. Its modest height and svelte silhouette (inspired by Murano glass vases according to the Times) provide a respectful transition between low-rise Tribeca and the capacious towers of the new World Trade Center.
Even more admirable, the project incorporates some civic thinking. Unlike most of its Billionaires’ Row peers uptown, 111’s ground level will engage the public by way of a landscaped plaza designed by Edmund Hollander Design. Just try touching any other super-luxury property without being quickly shooed away by the doorman (just recently, a piece of my self-worth was scorched away just by walking under One57’s bright undulating awnings).
Foundation work continues at 111 Murray. Image courtesy of ILNY Flickr photostream
Demolition of the St. John University building that previously occupied the site
The tower is being co-developed by the Fisher Brothers, Howard Lorber, and Witkoff Group, who in 2013 paid more than $200 million for the St. John University-owned 145,00-square-foot property that occupied the site. It abuts Minskoff Equities‘ mixed-use development 101 Warren that contains a Whole Foods supermarket, in addition to condos and rentals. Though built on Hudson River landfill, the waterfront is now located some 1,200 feet west of the site in Battery Park City.
According to the Times, residents will be greeted with a double-height lobby that will lead to a series of amenity spaces that include a patisserie, dining room, and a private garden. A second level of amenities will offer a Turkish bath, a 75-foot lap pool, and a separate children’s splash pool with interactive sprinklers.
Most north-facing homes will have sweeping views of Midtown and the Hudson River. Penthouse floors will eclipse the 747-foot Goldman Sachs building located catty corner to the site and will feature views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Prices will start at $2 million for a one-bedroom unit and go up to $17.5 million for a five-bedroom. Prices for the two full-floor penthouses have yet to be determined.
Aerial rendering via CityRealty
Follow updates on 111 Murray at CityRealty.
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Neighborhoods : Tribeca