The first permits are up for the redevelopment of 510 West 22nd Street, which is being designed by COOKFOX; the existing five-story structure is being converted into Class A office space, with the new building set to rise 11 floors. The Albanese Organization is developing.
COOKFOX’s plan for the site is impressive, taking advantage of the lot’s positioning next to the High Line and Midtown South’s hot office market. Private outdoor space will be split between “a double-height landscaped wrap-around terrace” on the second floor, a “seventh-floor cutout terrace” which apparently “softens the profile of 510 West 22nd Street’s ‘buoyant cube’ design,” and a rooftop garden, with the aggregate area totaling 14,000 square feet.
The official website notes the leasable floor area will measure 168,550 square feet, but permits give a slightly smaller figure of 138,250 square feet. While the existing structure only stands 67 feet tall, the replacement will rise 147 feet, placing the development around the average height of new projects along the High Line.
In terms of appearance, 510 West 22nd will be more contemporarily-minded than many of its new neighbors, and its facade will be dominated by glass, with the terraces breaking up an otherwise boxy massing envelope; masonry will predominate on the faces away from the High Line. The plan also aims to achieve LEED-platinum certification.
Converting the old building will benefit West Chelsea, as the warehouse was underutilized, and the space will also cater to smaller companies, who may not be interested in the office giants rising at Hudson Yards, to the north. With floorplates averaging approximately 15,000 square feet, 510 West 22nd Street will likely prove attractive to technology companies, and given the new permits, construction appears to be on the near-horizon.
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