A batch of South Street Seaport‘s iconic red brick buildings could soon be blanketed in green. Pilot Real Estate Group hopes to transform a row of vacant buildings near the historic waterfront area into a complex of green-roofed rental buildings designed by BKSK Architects. The new buildings will reflect the architecture of the area with 19th century-style sloped roofs covered with vegetation.
The developer’s plans come at a time when the areas around South Street Seaport are getting a more modernized and sustainable look. The green-roofed Conrad Hotel recently opened not far away in Battery Park, and Pier 17’s new plan calls to replace the tacky tourist mall that’s currently there with a glass-enclosed shopping center with a green park on its roof.
The row of vacant buildings along South Street was purchased by Pilot last year, and stretches between Beekman Street and Peck Slip. Approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the buildings will be capped with the sloping roofs that emulate the other great shipping era buildings on Peck Slip.
But rather than installing the green roofs on flat surfaces, Pilot’s grassy roofs will be more visible atop the sloping roofs. They will also help divert and absorb rain water, while insulating from both the elements and the noisy streets full of gawking tourists.
The design of the sloping green roofs is meant to not only get attention from passersby, but also to evoke thoughts about the history of the street and mesh that with modern sustainability. The new complex will house twenty hot rental apartments for some lucky New Yorkers.
Via The Real Deal