The proposal to add a mega-penthouse on top of the venerable Puck Building goes before the Landmarks Preservation Commission tomorrow, and what's being shown is sure to create some debate. The plan includes over 6,000 square feet of new space, covering two levels, faced in metal and glass that will be visible from all around. A key feature of the design from the creative team at PKSB is a series of very large screens on the east, south and west facades. These "decorative elements" show an abstract botanical pattern, said to be inspired by existing features found at the Puck and hinting at a marriage between Art Nouveau and Arts & Craft. Glass is the key feature for the north facade, where wide panes front onto expansive terraces on two levels, all overlooking Noho with wide vistas of views uptown. But locals and preservationists aren't so crazy about the view from down below.
When the new plan was presented to LPC at Community Board 2 last week, it received a resounding thumbs down. With prices of sky high penthouses reaching stratospheric levels, it's not surprising that the owner of the Puck, Trump in-law Jared Kushner, would want to create a money maker atop what the building's website calls "one of New York's most celebrated landmarks." It will be up to the LPC to decide if this very modern design is a fitting addition to this grand old stack of brick and cast iron.
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