Excavators have started clearing ground to install foundations for a stack of new condos at 27 Wooster Street, one of Soho's last big parking lots at the southwest intersection with Grand. The plan is from architects Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates for developer The Stawski Group, and will hold 16 units over eight floors with penthouse. The walls overlooking this lot at 27 Wooster have been an artistic platform for years, notably by the rat loving Banksy back in 2008. More recently wheat pasters Shepard Fairey and JR covered a wall here with various human types, and some of their work is keeping an eye on the heavy equipment now ripping up the dirt down below.
The design from KPF is a modern take on classic Soho cast iron construction, but done here more minimally in metal, stone and glass. It's all set atop a plinth of stone and steel, where two retail units will run along Grand Street with parking for ten tucked away inside. On the residential floors above big panes will predominate, ala Jean Nouvel's ultra-modern 40 Mercer a few blocks to the east. Windows at 27 Wooster will be separated by the thinnest of columns and banded down low with perforated metal mesh panels for privacy. Topping it all will be a duplex penthouse, set back and surrounded by a stone terrace with an outdoor pool, all within shouting distance of Justin Timberlake's rooftop lair around the corner at the Soho Mews. The new neighbors should be moving in by March 2014.
· 27 Wooster Street [Kohn Pedersen Fox]
· 27 Wooster Street coverage [Curbed]