Yesterday, YIMBY featured a first glimpse at the plans for 76 8th Avenue, on the corner of 14th Street, at the crossroads of the Meatpacking District and the West Village. Today, we have the full rendering for the project, designed by Gene Kaufman, which will dramatically improve a corner that has long been under-built.
As we previously reported, plans have changed since initial filings were submitted two years ago. The structure has shrunk two floors and 7,000 square feet as the design has evolved, and the final version will stand ten stories and 120 feet to its rooftop, with 30,000 square feet of commercial space within. There will be retail on the ground floor, while the rest will be offices.
Gene Kaufman’s design for the site is quite attractive, with a brick and bronze facade cast against enormous windows. The building will front directly against the sidewalk for the first five floors, enhancing the block’s street-wall, and yielding to a substantial setback up above, complete with a large terrace.
The project’s corners facing the intersection of 14th Street and 8th Avenue will also include another interesting feature. There will be two spots where the glass diverges from the brick and bronze, creating inset terraces within the exterior. These will be fronted by wavy glass, harking to the next-door One Jackson Square, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox.
The net result will be a handsome new office building that pays its due to the surrounding context, both historical and contemporary.
While this development is going to be a substantial improvement over the previous low-slung occupants, the building’s ten-story envelope is extremely limited relative to the lot’s actual potential. With the A, C, E, and L train’s 14th Street stop just one block away, and many more subway lines running in the blocks further to the east, the location is one of the most transit-accessible in all of Manhattan.
YIMBY has covered the problems relating the 14th Street’s overtly oppressive zoning extensively, and given the proximity to transit, the allowable FAR at 76 8th Avenue is a perfect example of why rents in New York City, both office and residential, continue to soar.
76 Eighth Avenue should be finished by the end of 2020, and the site is being developed by Sang Lee.