After mostly sitting vacant since 1967, a six acre area of the Lower East Side has begun it's transformation into a mixed use development with nine building sites. Now known as Essex Crossing, the $1 billion development will include residential, office, retail, cultural and community space.
Included in the first phase of construction is the 14-story, 55-unit condo tower from SHoP Architects. The projected is located on site 1 at the corner of Broome and Ludlow Street, anchoring the western edge of the development. Massing for the tower follows a typical podium and setback tower strategy, creating a sixth story outdoor terrace. The tower slopes inward at the southwest corner, opening up the terrace to more light and views.
Installation has begun on the bronze-toned metal panel and glass curtain wall that clads the exterior. The design features faceted metal panels that frame the glass openings. At the podium, the metal panel spandrels covering the floor slabs create deep overhangs on the west facade as the form of the building torques at the southwest corner.
Condo units range from one-to-three-bedrooms, with 11 of the 55 units set aside under the city's affordable housing program. Residences will feature open concept kitchen and living spaces with typical ceiling heights of 10 feet in the living spaces.
Adjacent to the residential tower, the site will also feature a four-story, 17,735 square foot structure that houses community facility space.
Residents of the tower will have access to a selection of amenities that include a fitness center, entertainment lounge, rooftop terrace with outdoor dining, bicycle storage, and tenant storage. In the cellar, a 10-lane bowling alley from Splitsville Luxury Lanes will be open to the public later this year.
Architect: SHoP Architects (Design Architect), SLCE Architects (Architect of Record); Developers: Delancey Street Associates (Taconic Investment Partners LLC, L+M Development Partners, BFC Partners, Goldman Sachs); Program: Residential, Retail; Location: Essex Crossing, Lower East Side, New York, NY; Completion: 2018.