Curtain wall installation is getting closer to completion on 181 Mercer Street, NYU‘s new 750,000-square-foot building in Greenwich Village. Designed by Davis Brody Bond and KieranTimberlake, the development consists of three towers rising from a full-block podium between Houston, Mercer, and Bleecker Streets and I.M. Pei’s University Village complex.
Since our last update in March, the reflective glass façade panels have made significant progress and now envelop almost the entirety of the structure. Only the final few floors of the northernmost volume have yet to be enclosed.
The tallest tower on the southern corner appears to be the furthest ahead, while the shorter central and northern towers are not too far behind. The podium and shorter towers feature an intricate envelope with various angles implemented in the design and layout of the curtain wall. The color of the façade also appears to shift subtly depending on one’s viewpoint and the time of day.
Photos from around the development offer a study in architectural contrast with I. M. Pei’s Brutalist architecture of University Village to the west, and 18 West Houston Street, home to the Angelika Film Center, directly to the east.
181 Mercer Street is planned to provide new dormitories for students and housing for faculty, additional office space and dining areas, and outdoor landscaped rooftop terraces atop the podium. Indoor athletic facilities include a six-lane swimming pool, a running track, four basketball courts, squash courts, a wrestling room, and multiple fitness rooms. There will also be space for additional classrooms, studios, multiple theater rooms, practice and rehearsal rooms, a cafe, and a theater complete with balcony and mezzanine seating designed to accommodate up to 556 people.
181 Mercer Street is slated for completion this winter.