The creative crew from Selldorf Architects, who previously brought us New York's sexiest elevated car park at 200 Eleventh Avenue and the much more staid 520 West Chelsea near the High Line, presented a new plan for a Noho corner lot Monday night, but the development team got a cool reception from the Landmarks Committee at Community Board 2. What was shown for 10 Bond Street is six stories and a penthouse, all clad in bands of earth-toned terra cotta, with windows separated by darker brown terra cotta styled as stacks of bricks. At each floor an expansive pane of curved glass rounds the corner above Lafayette and Bond, a visual cue taken from the 1885 DeVinne Press building, a masterpiece of Romanesque Revival sitting one block north. But some committee members found the new design too heavy and horizontal, more appropriate for a suburban office park, while others thought it too reminiscent of 20th century industrial structures like the Starret Lehigh building, seen along the West Side Highway.
The site at 10 Bond Street is currently home to a non-descript 3-story brick building, circa 1920, and a car repair shop with parking lot overseen by some super-signage, all of which is slated for demolition. The lot sits across from the infamous Finger of Noho and backs up to another site set for development, where a plan by Morris Adjmi was recently approved for 372 Lafayette. A couple of years back a hotel proposal from Traboscia Roiatti Architects was approved for the 12 Bond site, but the economic crash killed that plan. Documents recently filed at the Department of Finance show that the site, covering two lots at 8 and 10-12 Bond Street, is now controlled by 8-12 Development Partners LLC. The entire development team is slated to go before the Landmarks Preservation Commission next week.
· Projects [Selldorf Architects]
· 200 Eleventh Avenue [Curbed]
· Bond Noho Hotel [TRA Studio]
· 10-12 Bond Street [NYC Department of Finance]