Will Harlem be the next NYC nabe to get a project by BIG? Earlier this month, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels requested a permit to build a 235,000-square-foot, 233-unit residential building in Harlem, which also includes 37,000 square feet of commercial space. The complex, which is located between Lexington and Third Avenues, will be designed by Bjarke Ingels Group and developed by Blumenfeld Development Group. The space is currently occupied by Gotham Plaza, a 120,000-square-foot building which is home to the Department of Motor Vehicles and several retail storefronts.
The designers have yet to release any renderings of the future construction, but the New York Post reported last year that the building may cantilever over the existing Gotham Plaza. Plans indicate that the residential portion of the building will occupy the fourth through 11th floors, and 20 percent of the units will be priced below market value. Other amenities such as a game room, fitness center, yoga room, and golf simulator are slated to be added as well.
Ingels is already known in New York for the other project he has underway on West 57th St. The Durst Organization is bringing to life his pyramid-shaped building in response to the city’s request for an iconic building at that site. Ingels is renowned for audacious building designs that are intended to offer an experiential element and “hedonistic sustainability.”