Tin Building’s Final Cladding Begins Installation in the Seaport District

Tin Building. Photo by Michael Young

Curtain wall work is progressing on the Tin Building, a 53,000-square-foot market structure on the rebuilt Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport District. Designed by SHoP Architects and developed by Howard Hughes Corporation with Plaza Construction as construction manager, the project will feature a seafood-themed market by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the main tenant of the property.

Photos taken at the end of September show the degree of progress that has occurred since our last update in May. Almost all the windows and their dark decorative frames are in place, and most of the walls are clad in what appears to be insulation, arranged in horizontal strips between the fenestration.

Tin Building. Photo by Michael Young

Tin Building. Photo by Michael Young

Tin Building. Photo by Michael Young

Tin Building. Photo by Michael Young

Tin Building. Photo by Michael Young

Meanwhile, the symmetrical northern elevation facing the Financial District is starting to be enclosed in the final white paneling separated by an array of dark columns. An extruded metal canopy sits right below the thick cornice and three pediments. These ornamental elements were in the midst of being installed back in May, just after the blue waterproof membrane had surrounded nearly all four sides of the rectangular building.

Tin Building. Photo by Michael Young

Tin Building. Photo by Michael Young

Tin Building. Photo by Michael Young

In addition to the market, the Tin Building will house over 300 historical objects that were saved from the original structure. The building is being constructed 32 feet away from and six feet higher than its original footprint, thanks to a new foundation made from concrete and steel piles. The new waterfront pier is also designed to comply with the 100-year floodplain set by FEMA in order to avoid water damage like the city endured from Hurricane Sandy back in 2012.

YIMBY last reported that the Tin Building is slated to open sometime in early 2021.

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4 Comments on "Tin Building’s Final Cladding Begins Installation in the Seaport District"

  1. David : Sent From Heaven. | September 26, 2020 at 8:08 am | Reply

    Be nice and polite for my opinion, so I have to say thank you for your kindness: Michael Young.

  2. The Tin Building is turning out better than I expected. Very nice.

  3. A little bit of ‘historical window dressing’ does not redeem the overall handling of that pier which unexplainably and against all that good urban design recommends syphons away life and use from the Fulton Market, channeling it into a hideous flat-topped ‘suburban shopping center’. This site is focal as viewed from the B’klyn Bridge, a fact that is ignored by filling it with visually deadly ‘pancacke’ bldgs. This site wants to be redeveloped into a lush ‘promontory’ Park, a proper and complimentary amenity to the Intended urban intensity of the Fulton St. Market District — not into the isolated ‘suburban’-flavored concoction that is lamentably being served up.

  4. Thomas C. Gallagher | September 30, 2020 at 6:43 pm | Reply

    Those workers are true craftsmen. Sheet Metal Workers from Local 28. Nicholson and Galloway renowned architectural sheet metal, roofing and waterproofing contractors. Beautiful building, great history.

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