A Morris Adjmi-designed project in the Flatiron District was approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission earlier this week, paving the way for further city approval, YIMBY reports. The project is located on a through-block site and will restore existing buildings at 40-42 West 18th Street and 45 West 17th Street, and construct a new building at 38 West 18th Street and 41-43 West 17th Street.
Back in September, the LPC rejected the project, saying that Adjmi's then-designs did not fit with the historic character of the Ladies Mile Historic District. Back then, the 18th Street building would have been constructed from concrete and the 17th Street building would have been 18 stories tall. Now, the material will be buff brick and the height will be reduced by 19 feet and will be 16 stories.
LPC chair Meenakshi Srinivasan praised the changes, which she said "fit in quite well" with the rest of the neighborhood. Other commissioners gushed over the new designs, calling them "contextual," "extraordinary," and "a total home run." Otherwise, much of the original plan has been retained. Like the old designs, there will be differing exteriors on 18th and 17th, a three-story central area shared by the two buildings, and an interesting facade design, including a metal mesh that will simulate historical brickwork.
The project will now go before the Bureau of Standards and Appeals to deal with the shared central area and the project's setbacks.
· Morris Adjmi-Designed Ladies Mile Project Clears Hurdle At Landmarks [YIMBY]
· All 38-42 West 18th Street coverage [Curbed]