Chrystie Street Warehouse Will Sprout 9-Story ‘Albino’ Tower

Posted on: August 4th, 2014 at 6:10 am by

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Broome Solar Tower, Photo: Levenbetts

There are some neighborhood properties that you look at and just know they’re doomed. Especially those of the warehouse variety that still dot the landscape. Like the one at 125 Chrystie Street (corner of Broome). Its days as a commercial hub are numbered, soon to be replaced by an “albino” mess of glass luxury.

Indeed. News broke over the weekend that a nine-story, 16-unit condo tower designed by husband-and-wife architecture team Leven Betts will eventually hatch here. Take a look. It’s called the Broome Solar Tower for being “conceived around the mediation between the city grid of the Lower East Side and the solar grid from which the island of Manhattan shifts by 21 degrees.” What the hell does that even mean?

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Here’s more:

Broome Solar Tower represents a key moment in the on-going revitalization of the Lower East Side where development pressures, cultural awareness and environmental consciousness combine to create a demand for buildings that achieve a high level of energetic performance and hybrid programming.

In the Broome Solar Tower, the building houses a downtown dance company’s theater, rehearsal space and offices as well as a 16 unit apartment building above. Requiring two entrances and positioned across the street from Sarah Roosevelt Park, the street life of the building will prove to be lively at various times of the day and performance seasons. The envelope of the building is conceived around the mediation between the city grid of the Lower East Side and the solar grid from which the island of Manhattan shifts by 21 degrees. This shift sets up a series of balcony spaces that are angled and varying in depth from the south and east facades of the building. In these spaces that are also shaded by vertically oriented mesh enclosures, the interior spaces and glass are shaded from the sun during the cooling seasons.

Meanwhile, no permits – demolition or otherwise – are on file yet with the DOB. And no property sale is recorded with the city, either.

Gentrification along this slice of Chinatown has been quite furious the last decade, evidenced by the ever-flowing arrival of upscale galleries and clubs. Perhaps this change will eventually affect the bus industry and its symbiotic stores just south of here.

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