A new project will transform Meatpacking District

One of the more striking transformations of the Meatpacking District will soon be rising at the intersection of 13th and Washington streets.

Now comes a new project, known both as 860 Washington and 437 West 13th Street that was conceived by James Carpenter Design Associates, better known for tactically intervening in the works of other, more full-fledged architects than for creating its own structures from scratch.

This firm has worked with Skidmore Owings & Merrill on the base of 7 World Trade Center and the curtain wall of the Time Warner Center, as well as with Sir Norman Foster on the lobby cascades of the Hearst Building on West 57th Street.
The Post-Modern tower by Romanoff Equities and Property Group Partners will be a positive addition to the area.

A meatpacking District building is costrast to the slaughterhouse past.
Long time ago, this district around 14th Street by the Hudson River had nothing but slaughterhouses and its streets stank day or night. It was thus named the Meatpacking District.
Today, all but one slaughterhouse has remained (and may have even shut down as I write), and the Meatpacking District has become one of the trendiest in the city with some of the best nightlife.
Apart from the scene, the district has conserved its 19th century red brick architecture and cobbled streets.
It’s hard to imagine a greater contrast than between this pristine Post-Modern tower and what it’s replacing.

fuente: therealdeal.com

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