Location: New York, NY
Facility: Residential, Retail
Size: 450,000 SF
Cost: $80 Million
Status: Design Development
476 Ft / 145 M
Christian Portzamparc and Gary Handel
Design Architect: Atelier Christian de Portzamparc
Architect of Record: Handel Architects
400 Park Avenue South
A 40-story tower comprised of 432 rental apartments ranging from studios to three-bedrooms is planned on the site of a parking lot. The project at 28th Street is being designed by Handel Architects and Atelier Christian de Portzamparc, and was approved by the Department of City Planning and local Community Board, though work has not yet begun. A subway entrance and retail space will occupy the ground floor, while a fitness club and kids’ center will be located on the second floor.
This residential tower on Manhattan’s East Side is currently in Design Development and recently won Department of City Planning and Community Board approval. The 40-story tower is comprised of 432 rental apartments ranging from studios to three-bedrooms. A subway entrance and retail space occupy the ground floor, while a fitness club and kids’ center are located on the second floor. The exterior of the building is faceted glass curtainwall.
Christian Portzamparc and Gary Handel are proposing this 476 ft tower at the south west corner of east 28th st and Park Ave. They have also responsible for the very popular LVMH tower on 57th street. The site is currently a parking lot that is operating. The tower will sit on top of the 28th st stop on the 6 train and has a subway entrance included in the design.
The totally bonkers 40-story apartment tower planned at 400 Park Avenue South has been kicking around since the first half of the last decade, and in recent years has been tossed onto the pile of fantastical renderings that will never see the light of day. That was then! Now New York is enmeshed in the biggest Christian invasion since the Crusades, and French starchitect Christian de Portzamparc’s glassy giant might actually have a pulse. (C-deP also has Carnegie 57 and Riverside Center on the boards.)
The site is a parking lot at 28th Street and the adjacent eight-story building at 396 Park Avenue South. Developers Albert and Roy Kalimian bought up mucho air rights along Madison Avenue to set the stage for the 436-unit building (which would also have retail and a new 6 train entrance) before the project went into hibernation. Now the parking lot is closed and a demolition permit has been approved for 396 Park Ave. South. There’s oodles more evidence that the Fortress of Glassitude (working title; we’re open to suggestions!) is on the way.
Such as this stuff. >>
A Curbed tipster dropped by the site and did a bit of snooping:
Spoke to a Owner Rep at the location (wouldn’t give his name) says existing 8 story building to be fully demolished by late fall. New Residential Development to be built in its place. Parking lot by 28th Street is closed (Sign says it will reopen in December, but owner rep says new building to be entire block).
Of course a cheaper, non-Frenchie building might be the new plan, but interestingly the original building permit—filed in 2005 by architect-of-record Handel Architects—was disapproved only this past October, indicating fresh filing action (and maybe some imminent fine-tuning). A Wired New York contributor also noticed that 400 Park Avenue South, which has been on Portzamparc’s website forever, now mentions a 2010 start and a 2012 completion. Kaboom! With the Gansevoort Park hotel opening one block up, this stretch of Park Avenue South is getting interesting in a hurry. Anyone else got intel?
· Projects: 400 Park Avenue South [Atlelier Christian de Portzamparc]
According to the archibabble, the building “extends the facades of the neighboring 1930′s historical buildings, the towers responding to each other in New York’s skyline.” If you say so, C-deP!