COOKFOX Architects To Transform St. John’s Terminal into Office Complex at 550 Washington Street in Lower Manhattan

Rendering of 550 Washington Street (© COOKFOX Architects)

Oxford Property Group has revealed plans to redevelop the defunct St. John’s Terminal at 550 Washington Street in , Manhattan. The announcement arrives with new renderings from COOKFOX Architects revealing an industrial-textured office building comprised of concrete, exposed metal elements, and a sweeping series of factory-mullioned windows.

In 2016, New York City officials approved plans for Atlas Capital Group and Westbrook Partners to acquire $100 million worth of air rights from Pier 40 to develop a 1,586-unit mixed-use complex at 550 Washington Street. The former development was to include five towers comprised of residential, retail, and recreational area. Renderings from that iteration are evidently now out of date.

The existing building will grow to a whopping 1.3 million square feet, following an expansion from 4 to 12 stories. When complete, future occupants will enjoy landscaped terraces, rooftop areas, and a lush entry plaza.

Rendering of 550 Washington Street (© COOKFOX Architects)

Construction of the expansion will commence in multiple phases beginning with the removal of existing train tracks present at the build site, along with an overpass covering Houston Street at the North side of the building. The project will then expand vertically with the addition of nine stories above the existing structure.

A portion of the removed tracks will be replaced and repurposed as an aesthetic juxtaposition of old and new.

“St. John’s Terminal once formed the end of The High Line and our design will preserve the history and authenticity of this important piece of rail infrastructure that once connected the world to New York City,” said Rick Cook, Founding Partner, COOKFOX. “By opening the site with the removal of the overpass and incorporating the rail beds, we’re connecting the building with the neighborhood, and at the same time creating a workplace that is connected with nature.”

Oxford Property Group has not yet announced when construction is anticipated to begin or complete.

Rendering of 550 Washington Street (© COOKFOX Architects)

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