COOKFOX unveils design for five eco-conscious high-rises in Hudson Square
COOKFOX Architects released new renderings this week of its five proposed high-rise buildings in Hudson Square, part of the redevelopment of St. John’s Terminal into a nearly two-million-square-foot complex of housing, retail and office space. As CityRealty learned, the design calls for an industrial-meets-earthy design with deftly sculpted towers detailed with geometric setbacks and planted terraces. Located near Pier 40, the proposed buildings will hold a total of 1,586 apartments, with 30 percent of them below market rate, office spaces, a hotel and about 400,000 square feet of retail.
Rendering of 550 Washington Street, looking west from West Houston Street, via COOKFOX
Last December, the City Council approved the plans of developers Atlas Captial Group and Westbrook Partners to develop the complex by acquiring $100 million in air rights from Pier 40, which belongs to the Hudson River Park Trust. The trust will use the money to renovate the pier’s piles and roof. While construction was expected to begin this year, no demolition permits have been filed yet.
The five buildings will provide a mix of housing, including affordable housing, units designated for seniors and market-rate apartments. Thirty percent of all units will be permanently affordable. Renderings reveal sunlit interiors with oversized windows and wide ledges. The design also calls for a through-block driveway parallel to Charlton Street, breaking up the mass of the buildings and providing an easy path to the pier.
Implementing a “biophilic design,” which aims to enhance the physical and mental well-being of residents through nature, COOKFOX’s design features planted roofs and terraces. Plus, day-lit corridors and other common spaces “will further enhance connections to natural cycles of light, weather and seasons,” as the firm’s website detailed.
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Renderings courtesy of COOKFOX Architects