When a partial rendering for developer Michael Shvo's new tower was revealed in late March, the architect for the development was still unknown, but today, the Post reveals the mystery designer: starchitect Renzo Piano, the man behind the brand new Whitney Museum. Not much else about the 290-foot tower, located at 100 Varick Street, was revealed, other than it "likely include a gated private driveway as well as indoor automated parking." The development is a joint venture between Shvo, Bizzi & Partners, and Itzhaki Acquisitions, and a teaser site calling the project Soho Tower used to exist, but it now just leads to Shvo's website. Perhaps they realized the nickname Shvoho Tower was inevitable and thought twice.
UPDATE 6/29/15: The above rendering is actually an older design created by Studio Dror, not Renzo Piano.
The property has been primed for development since at least 2007, but things stalled until Shvo bought the site last year. It overlooks the entrance to the Holland Tunnel, and consists of eight different parcels. Plans have yet to be filed with the Department of Buildings. The building will be about 280,000 square feet, and it will be Piano's first residential project in the United States (aside from a private house).
This feels like a good time to reminisce about the 100-story tower Renzo Piano almost designed for Bruce Ratner in Downtown Brooklyn. Could you even imagine.
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