Renderings have been revealed for a six-story, 30,000-square-foot building that will house the South Street Seaport Museum. Located at John and South Streets, the new construction is part of a massive undertaking by the Howard Hughes Corporation and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in the South Street Seaport District that also includes 250 Water Street, the completed Pier 17 building, and the 75,000-square-foot New Market Building adjacent to the Tin Building, which is already in progress.
The area is predominately in a flood zone and some buildings like the museum are still recovering from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. This was clearly taken into account for the design of the new structure. Renderings depict concrete arches along both John and South Streets on the ground level with floor-to-ceiling glass behind them. The five floors above feature a light-colored façade with a grid of punch out windows. Shutters cover the windows with street frontage, adding a protective barrier for future storms, and structural beams sit under the windows.
Interiors reveal a double-height lobby with brick floors, stepped seating, and concrete pillars. Connecting the new and old buildings is an airy passageway enclosed in glass.
No details have been released in regards to a construction timeline.