The last time we checked in at South Street Seaport, it underwent a shipping container makeover that included a new beer garden and SmorgasBar. But whatever happened to the grand, green-roofed glass and steel structure that was supposed to grace Pier 17? After checking Curbed this morning, we saw that Howard Hughes Corporation just broke ground on the new building last night. Check out these new renderings of the future green-roofed pier project courtesy of Curbed.
Last night’s event celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking of the project, but without any actual ground to break, the developers and the designers from SHoP Architects simply threw down a pile of dirt to stick their shovels in. The project itself entails a new 300,000-square-feet complex complete with a huge, 1.5 acre green public rooftop.
The inside, meanwhile, will house new boutiques, restaurants, and entertainment, all with gorgeous views of the harbor. Another interior element to the building will be a new stage called Platform 17. The designers envision this as a venue for fashion shows, concerts, or galas that will also be able to accommodate a 500-person seated dinner. The new structure is expected to hold its grand opening some time in 2015.
via Curbed NY
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