What a wasted opportunity. It would be decent for West 28th Street but not for this location.
Another brutal SOM base. It would have been nice to see another Robert Stern here. With 15 CPW, they would have been a graceful entrance to the Upper West Side.
I agree. What a wasted opportunity.
1865 Broadway’s Brutalist-Inspired Facade Reaches Its Rooftop On The Upper West Side Of Manhattan
The latest Upper West Side tower designed by Skidmore Owings and Merrill is almost complete. It has been ten months since the 33-story residential building at 1865 Broadway topped out, and now, the façade has finally reached the building’s rooftop.
AvalonBay Communities purchased the site in 2015 for $300 million from the American Bible Society. The sale helped fund the non-profit’s plan to move to Philadelphia. While the development required demolition of a bold brutalist building also designed by SOM, an anonymous source shared with YIMBY in 2015 that the new tower’s facade would be inspired by Brutalist pioneer I.M. Pei’s Turtle Bay Towers. However, the façade is not totally symmetrical like Pei’s buildings, as it is stratified to accommodate different use classes.
A four-story retail base will anchor the 416-foot tall structure, with two below ground and two above ground floors yielding a total of 34,000 square feet.
Completion and move-ins are expected by 2019. Sales have not yet been announced.
After some further thought, I think it’s alright. I don’t like that base, but the tower itself is a nice throwback.
I’ll categorize this as complete.
Hill West was the designer? Seems more like SOM’s work. I think they might have that mixed up. Hill West is known for being a prolific AoR.
I believe Goldstein Hill & West designed the original design, but was later changed via SOM. They probally didn’t edit it.
Love how this turned out, particularly the way mechanical portion was integrated into the design. Simple but extremely effective–much like the building itself. A welcome addition to the area.
Photos do not do this building justice: the stone facade color/texture/profiles are the finest I have seen. The basic overall form works perfectly, handsome simple solid form with a nice repetitive pattern on the punch windows. This building flew under the radar for me and it is one of my favorite ‘top ten’ residential towers. Never mind that I now seem to have about 25 buildings on my ‘top 10’ list…Hehe
Well said, @infoshare.
The facade is very reminiscent of one of Adjmi’s buildings. The 1960s style design makes sense by Lincoln Center. It’s hard to be critical when there’s so much junk in the area, but it’s between a fine Art Deco building and 15 CPW. A more traditional design would have been nice.