605 West 42nd Street: Is The ‘Atelier II’ Coming Back From the Dead?

The foundation for 605 West 42nd Street had been poured when the credit crunch kicked into high gear. Moinian, the project’s developer, put construction on-hold, and the empty pit has been collecting debris since 2009. Luckily, there seems to be a sign of life at the long-vacant concrete basin, in the form of a project re-design.

The original architect of the project was Costas Kondylis, and they designed a 65-story glass box to be known as the ‘Atelier II,’ accompanying the neighboring ‘Atelier’. That design now appears to have been shelved. New renderings of a structure with a similar shape but a different facade have emerged, perhaps a sign of life for one of the West Side’s most notable ‘zombie buildings‘.

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605 West 42nd Street, Image from Real Estate Forum 

Real Estate Forum had the above image in its September issue, showing a redesigned 605 West 42nd Street. Whether that means the building will rise or not remains to be seen, but updated renderings of a project that’s been stalled for so long could only be a good thing. For now, only trees are growing out of the foundation.

The below image is the original design, which was more interesting than the new design but not in a good way. It’s the difference between a glass box that looks like it belongs in Hong Kong (the new design) versus something that should be in Moscow (the old).

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Costas Kongylis design for 605 West 42nd, Image from Curbed 

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