The Meatpacking District has a new architectural landmark, namely a new 10-story, boutique office building dubbed 40 Tenth Avenue. The development marks Studio Gang’s first project to reach completion in New York City and was named one of Architectural Digest‘s most anticipated buildings of 2019.
Developed by Aurora Capital Associates and William Gottlieb Real Estate, the asset broke ground in the summer of 2017 and comprises 160,000 square feet of Class A Midtown South office space and offers panoramic views of the Hudson River and Manhattan. The property is located on Tenth Avenue, between West 13th and 14th streets on a 23,541-square-foot site, which formerly housed a three-story warehouse.
The building is targeting U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold certification for green office space, and stands out characterized by its signature, gem-like curtain wall, chiseled shape and dynamic relationship with its environment. Specifically, the 40 Tenth Avenue is responsive to the incident sun angles on the site, a term Studio Gang names “solar carving,” seamlessly integrated with the surrounding public park. To achieve this effect, the development’s building mass was pushed to the west and carved back, which helps prioritize light, fresh air and river views for pedestrians.
The glazing system has been geometrically optimized into a pattern of three-dimensional facets that articulate the carved sections of the tower. The curtain wall features high-performance glass with low reflectivity and is composed of a central diamond-shaped panel tilting downward, surrounded by four triangular pieces that are perpendicular to the slab to achieve standard stack joints.
In addition, the Chicago-based architecture firm led by Jeanne Gang provided the building with unusually high 18-foot ceilings, 20,000 square feet of outdoor space, including a 10,000-square-foot roof deck, an 8,000-square-foot second-floor space adjoining the High Line, and private outdoor space on eight floors. The tower also features bicycle storage for up to 40 bikes and a full-service restaurant with cafe area.
In March, private investment firm Starwood Capital Group Holdings signed a lease for 14,258 square feet on the building’s eighth floor. The ground floor retail space will house the U.S. interactive marketing center of Genesis, Hyundai’s luxury automotive brand.
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