One of the most notable proposals to bite the dust this past decade was Santiago Calatrava’s 80 South Street, just off the South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan.
The soaring residential tower would’ve been just over 1,000 feet in height, but the size wasn’t the most notable aspect of the project. The skyscraper would’ve featured stacked residential cubes and a design like nothing else in New York, or the world–truly groundbreaking.
|80 South Street, from Triton|
Each cube would have contained a four-story private residence, with twelve cubes in total. The bottom two were supposed to be for office space. The penthouse unit was rumored to be on sale for almost $60 million, which actually isn’t that expensive compared to New York’s ultra high-end real estate in 2012.
Part of the project’s innovation was the aspect of stacking, which gave each residence a garden/terrace on the roof of the unit below. Every unit had ample outdoors space in addition to over 10,000 square feet of interior space.
The project was ultimately cancelled in 2008 due to the financial crisis, leaving the designs on the drawing board.
80 South Street’s design was as controversial as it was groundbreaking, although it did receive approval from City Planning for construction. Fortunately for Calatrava, he is still making a mark on Lower Manhattan with his design for the future World Trade Center Transit Hub. Perhaps it’s better that his train station saw the light of day rather than 80 South Street, as the latter is just a little too conceptual for most tastes.