There is a current design for 80 South Street. This was the site that was ear-marked for the quite incredible Calatrava building that got quashed by the GFC. The current design, by Tony Morali and Associates, makes reference to the Calatrava design in a more conventional way (it is, although, an interesting design based on its own merits).
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Text and images on this page- special thanks to the Morali Associates Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/MoraliArchitects
The current design-
The original Calatrava design (2007- more info at end of page)-
The full story of the site and design (with thanks to the Morali website)-
01.A view of the Seaport from the East River. You can see how close the modern office buildings are to the historic district, as well as how the FDR cuts through the historic area. This area is full of places where historic structures meet modern ones.
02.This is a portion of an old map of Manhattan, dating to 1776. You can see that at this point, South Street didn’t exist, meaning 80 South was technically under the East River! As Manhattan grew in importance, it was necessary to expand the island, which was done in the mid 19th century, by building on landfill.
Photo cthetesy of the New York Public Library Digital Archives
03.The Site of 80 South Street is located in a zoning area called Special Lower Manhattan District.
It’s critical to know that 80 South is within the boundaries of the Special Lower Manhattan District, because the City of New York has special rules for this area, all meant to help achieve the goal of increasing the quality of life in Lower Manhattan, as well as making the Seaport relevant once again. We need to be knowledgeable of these rules so we can design a building that will help the city to accomplish its goal of revitalizing the area.
04.This is a view of South Street from Maiden lane in 1834. You can get a feel for how busy the area was, and the large number of ships that were coming in and out of the ports.
05.South Street in 1878. This is towards the beginning of the decline in importance of the South Street Seaport, because of the development of large steam ships. Clearly the Seaport is still a bustling place and center of commercial activity in 1878, but it will not last long.
06.Looking South on South Street in 1901.
07.The Fish Market as it looked in 1935. After the decline in importance of the South Street Seaport, the Fish Market was one of the few businesses keeping the area afloat.
08.Pier 17 as it looks today. This dated structure houses a number of restaurants, a mall, and a food cthet. It has not been as popular as hoped when it was originally conceived nearly 40 years ago.
09.The design for the new Pier 17. The new Pier 17 will offer unrestricted views of the Brooklyn Bridge, public green space on the roof, shops and other amenities. The new pier is part of an effort undertaken by the city and the South Street Seaport to revitalize the Seaport area, and make it once again an integral part of Lower Manhattan.
Because of this new-found interest in the South Street and Lower Manhattan area, there could not be a better time for Morali Architects’ 80 South Street tower.
10.This is a postcard of the Manhattan skyline dating from 1906. You can see that while the buildings are relatively low by modern standards, the vertical development of the city has begun.
Photo Cthetesy of the New York Public Library Digital Archives
11.An image of the Manhattan skyline as seen from South Street in 1936. When you look at city from the ground, rather than across the water or in the sky, you get a great idea of how monumental these early buildings really felt.
Photo by Bernice Abbot, Cthetesy of the New York Public Library
12.This is a photograph of a sculpture, entitled The Head, by the cubist sculptor Jacques Lipchitz. Tony saw this work on a recent visit to the Tate, and found inspiration in the ways shapes cut through and intersect other shapes.
An interesting quality of Lipchitz’s work, is how the sculptures seem to morph and change, depending on ythe viewing angle. This was inspiring as well. In the next few images, you’ll see some of Tony’s sketches inspired by The Head, as well as a few other examples of Lipchitz’s work.
Photo cthetesy of the Tate Museum
13.This is another early sketch. We can see the design concept (still in early phases!) being flushed out slightly more than in the last sketch.
You can see the building is tall, and relatively slender. It’s also possible to see that the building seems to be designed using stacked horizontals, much like the sail rigs on those tall ships from an earlier photos. We can see too, that there is an interest in incorporating many sculptural elements in the design of the building
14.Another early design sketch by Tony. At this point in the process, Tony is experimenting quite a bit with what shapes will be used to surround and cut into the three main vertical planes.
This sketch appears to reference the mast and sails of the tall ships, with large, square shapes stacked on a central vertical shape, much like the sails attached to the mast.
15.This early sketch of the building presents us with a side view of this design idea. In this sketch, we can see there is still a central, vertical plane. This time, however, we see large, rectangular shapes jut off the central plane at varying heights and depths.
16.Another early sketch, based off of the previous idea of stacked rectangular shapes.
17.A zoning section showing a different view, by architect Yulia Shao.
18.A preliminary concept of the design for 80 South. We’re still editing the design, and refining the renderings to show the building’s photovoltaic skin, green terraces, and more. — at 80 South Street.
19.This rendering by Toll Brothers shows the green space of Brooklyn Bridge Park, along with the Green Roof on the hotel they’re designing for the park. You’ll be able to see this from 80 South Street, and the vertical green space is a nice cross-river counterpart to the horizontal green space you see here.
20.a new hand sketch of 80 South Street by Tony Morali.
Every few stories, you see the large openings where the green terraces will be. We also plan to have some mechanical components on those floors (hidden, of cthese), so that there is no need to have the mechanics housed in a large, obtrusive unit on the top of the building. — at 80 South Street.
2180 South Street, front elevation
22A recent redesign of the concept renderings of 80 South Street.
23.This is the updated front elevation for 80 South Street. The tower comes in at 998′ high, and features enlarged integrated green spaces. The bottom three sections are designated as boutique hotel space, with the top sections being residential units. From the very upper floors, residents will get a view of the green wall, essentially their own private sky garden, juxtaposed with the views of Brooklyn and Manhattan.
23aThis is the current layout for the recreation space on one of the terraces. The space is surrounded by vegetation, and has additional trees spread throughout. This floor will also house some of the mechanics, as will each terrace floor. Putting the mechanics in these spaces allows the building to breathe, as well as puts the mechanical units above the Base Flood Elevation, protecting them from any Sandy-type flooding.
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