When we last checked in on the site of 540 West 25th Street, the development had just topped out. The steel structure and metal decking was still mostly exposed. Now with the curtain wall installed, the new 60,000 square foot project is closer to completion. This will be the new headquarters for Pace Gallery, providing eight stories of exhibit spaces, private viewing rooms, offices, and a library. The 135-foot tall building is designed by Bonetti/Kozerski Studio and developed by Weinberg Properties. Pace Gallery’s existing spaces are currently located at 508 & 510 West 25th Street next to the High Line.
Looking west from the High Line, the new structure is visibly stands out against the surrounding brick and mortar buildings. Along with its prominent height, the large grid of architecturally finished concrete panels can now be seen and appreciated on both the eastern and western flanks of the project.
The main entrance will be found at street level facing West 25th Street, and will sit next to a library designed to hold almost 10,000 books. A 5,000 square foot gallery space, complete with 20-foot high ceilings, will also be located on the first floor. One level above will be 4,200 square feet of interior exhibition space. The sixth floor is the main setback of the structure, and it will accommodate a large, landscaped outdoor terrace. This portion will sit underneath a large cantilevering two-story section, and it is held up by two egress cores on the eastern and western sides of the building’s footprint.
The easiest way to get to the building from the High Line is to exit taking the stairs at West 26th Street, and walk around the block to West 25th Street. The closest subway station is a ten minute walk from the east to West 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue, serviced by the C and E trains.
Construction looks like it should be finished by mid-2019.