Morris Adjmi Architects announced it has received approval from the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission for its design of 837 Washington Street in the Meatpacking District.
Located just east of the High Line and across from the Standard Hotel, the six-story office and retail building at 837 Washington Street will feature a four-story glass and steel addition built atop an existing two-story 1938 Moderne style warehouse. The project is being developed by Taconic Investment Partners and Square Mile Capital.
We are pleased with the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s approval of our design for 837 Washington Street, which we believe fits in with the fabric of the neighborhood while also helping forge a new architectural identity for the Meatpacking District.
Morris Adjmi, Founder and Principal of Morris Adjmi Architects
The building will feature a metal and glass window wall set within a twisting framework of dark gray steel beams that rotate slightly around a taller brick core, echoing the way the streets come together in the neighborhood.
The dynamic, twisting shape of the addition is generated by the site’s unique location, marking the position where the angular street grid of the Meatpacking District interlocks with the more regular urban grid of upper Manhattan.
Jess Walker, a Partner at Morris Adjmi Architects
The two-story existing building, while maintaining its historic streetfront presence, serves as a spring point for the new structure, which torques up to continue the momentum generated by the adjacent turn of Washington Street. The addition, while minimally visible from the historic Gansevoort Market Historic District to the east, rises to face the High Line and views of the Hudson River beyond.
The steel frame of the addition also reflects the industrial history of the neighborhood and the High Line, while in counterpoint, the brick core and restored existing building blend with the historic warehouses found throughout the Meatpacking District. Integrated planting beds along the edge of the building’s floor slabs help mediate rainwater runoff and provide a link to the creeping perennials and grasses atop the High Line.
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Morris Adjmi Architects is led by founder and principal Morris Adjmi (AIA), one of today’s leading American architects. The New York-based full service architecture firm provides comprehensive design services for corporate, commercial and residential clients including offices, hotels, institutional projects, multi-family residences, private homes and interiors. Morris Adjmi Architects has completed numerous critically acclaimed projects including the 18,000-seat Prudential Center in Newark; ABC Headquarters in Burbank, California; Crest Apartment Tower in Tokyo; the Theory Building, a 50,000-square-foot commercial space in the Meatpacking District; mixed residential development 408 Greenwich Street in Tribeca; New York University’s recently opened Wilf Hall; and the U.S. headquarters of Publicis. Current projects include the High Line Building at 450 West 14th Street in the Meatpacking District, and 16 West 21st Street in the Ladies Mile Historic District. Adjmi established Morris Adjmi Architects in 1997, following a successful partnership with renowned Italian architect Aldo Rossi.
Taconic Invest Partners
Since its inception in 1997, Taconic Investment Partners LLC has acquired and developed more than eight million square feet of office properties in New York City. Taconic is co-developer of the new luxury high-rise Caledonia condominium and rental development along the High Line in Manhattan, has renovated two large residential complexes in Brooklyn and the Bronx, and has assembled significant land holdings in Coney Island (Brooklyn) for residential development. The company’s office holdings in the Meatpacking District include 111 Eighth Avenue, totaling 3 million square feet; the newly developed 15 Little West 12; and the prime redevelopment at 401 West 14th Street leased by Apple Computer.
Square Mile Capital
Square Mile Capital Management is a private investment firm which focuses on real estate and real estate related opportunities, including both debt and equity investments on behalf of select institutional and private investors. Square Mile takes a value oriented approach to its investment activities, with an emphasis on opportunities to acquire or capitalize assets or enterprises which are undervalued, overlooked, complex or mispriced. Since the establishment of its first fund, Square Mile’s funds comprise approximately $1.5 billion in discretionary capital, including its most recent vehicle which closed in February 2009 with $806 million of committed discretionary capital. Square Mile has offices in New York, Los Angeles and Greenwich, Connecticut.