Construction of 50 West, the 64-story, 784-foot-tall residential building at 50 West Street, in the Financial District, wrapped up earlier this year before it opened to residents in February. However, a few final touches were still needed. Today, we have the first look at some of them.
The luxury building, located between Rector Street and Joseph P. Ward Street, is being developed by Time Equities. German-born architect Helmut Jahn is responsible for the building’s design, while Danish-born designer Thomas Juul Hansen is handling the interiors. The inside of model unit 44A, designed by Juliet Gold, is featured here for the first time.
With the 186 units starting at $2.47 million, most people won’t ever get upstairs, but poking one’s head into the lobby is another story. That’s where you’ll find “TK17-7/8’12,” a work of art by Japanese artist Tadaaki Kuwayama, also seen first here. The installation is part of Time Equities, Inc.’s Art-in-Building program, founded in 2001. TEI founder, chairman, and CEO Francis Greenburger, however, has been supporting contemporary artists since 1987.
Kuwayama’s wall sculpture is made of titanium, a material rarely used in art. Other amenity space works will be made of neon, found materials, and marble, in addition to many traditional paintings.
50 West will also come with a new public plaza and pedestrian bridge over the West Side Highway. The plaza is slated to open later this year. The bridge should be complete in 2018.