The Warehouse, an industrial complex a mere stone’s throw away from the High Line in New York City, is getting a facelift. A garment warehouse in a previous life, the 65,000-square-foot space at 520 West 20th Street currently houses a parking garage and art galleries. But Elijah Equities, the real-estate firm that is redeveloping the building, has grander plans. With the help of Morris Adjmi Architects, Elijah Equities is looking to transform the Warehouse into 100,000 square feet of office and retail space.
The proposed increase in footprint will require the addition of three steel-framed, cantilevered stories to the existing four. A generous swath of rooftop space will crown the new steel-and-glass extension, which will appear to float above the original unit on a pair of elevator and stairway cores.
The rear of the building will also be subject to readjustments. Planned upgrades include bigger windows, open floor plans, and plenty of outdoor space.
“My intent was to capture the spirit of the original warehouse and develop a creative tension between the powerful brick-and-mortar base and the elegant new addition,” Morris Adjmi told Arch Daily. “I wanted to connect these two beautiful structures without simply fusing them together.”
The abundant greenery “draws parallels” from the High Line next door, Adjmi added.
Construction is slated to begin this spring. The Warehouse is expected to receive tenants around the first quarter of 2019.
Via Arch Daily