Revealed: Morris Adjmi Pens Coffered Facade For Condos Next to Bowlmor Lanes Site

Posted On Fri, June 3, 2016 By

Posted On Fri, June 3, 2016 By In Architecture, condos, Greenwich Village, New Developments, Starchitecture

Here’s our first look at the Morris Adjmi-designed condos slated for the southwest corner of West 13th Street and University Place in Greenwich Village. The project, tentatively addressed 34 East 13th Street, rubs shoulders with Annabelle Selldorf’s 21 East 12th Street condo development, which replaced the large building that held Bowlmor Lanes. Last year, NYREJ reported that Ranger Properties and Sagamore Capital purchased the three-building corner assemblage for $22 million or $1,100 per square foot, one of the most expensive residential development transactions ever downtown.

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Former view of the site next to Bowlmor

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Current view of the site

The 3,325-square-foot site once held the University Place Gourmet Deli, Wet Nose Doggy Gym, and Bennie Louie Chinese Laundry. Starting in the 1930s, the office space at 116 University had been used by leftist groups such as the Socialist Workers Party, Socialist Party and the Industrial Workers of the World.

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Now with all that history and charm hastily cleared away, excavation is moving forward. Approved permits detail a seven-story building containing ground-level retail spaces and six floor-through condominiums above. In all, the building will encompass 22,995 gross square feet of area and rise 85-feet high to the top of its mechanical bulkhead. The exterior rendering posted on the construction fence shows that Adjmi will wield his simple modern-meets-classical aesthetic, facing the building with a grid of square and rectangular windows sunken deeply into a light masonry facade – like 432 Park but with more depth.

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From L to R: 21E12, 17 East 12th Street, and 12 East 13th Street

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Greenwich Village vs Manhattan average condo price per square foot. Courtesy CityRealty.

Four new condominium developments are underway in the immediate area. Directly adjacent to the project is the cleared site of the building that held the beloved Bowlmor Lanes bowling alley, the bar Pressure and a large parking garage. Billy Macklowe, son of the legendary developer who dreamed up 432 Park, tapped Annabelle Selldorf to design a 52-unit condominium tower that will soar more than 300 feet and rise from an incongruous two-story podium. This is the second time Selldorf and Adjmi projects are rubbing shoulder to shoulder in Manhattan. The two firms recently finished the residential projects 10 Bond Street and 372 Lafayette Street on a single Noho blockfront between Great Jones and Bond Streets.

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Groundwork starting at Billy Macklowe’s 21E12

Just west of the the projects are two recent condo conversions with new penthouse additions atop. 12 East 13th Street finished last year and was developed by DHA Capital and Continental Properties and designed by CetraRuddy. All but one of its eight units have been accounted for, and they’ve closed for an average of $2,313 per square foot. The five-bedroom penthouse is the sole unit on the market and is asking $19.5 million or ($3,419 psf). At 17 East 12th Street, Rigby Asset Management is finishing construction on a nine-unit condominium designed by Bromley Caldari Architects with Richard Mishan handling the interiors. Two units are on the market priced at an average of $2,028 per square foot.

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Find future listings for 34 East 13th Street at CityRealty.

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