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Old Posted Dec 10, 2014, 4:10 PM
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Richard Rogers Chosen as Architect for 36 Central Park South

Witkoff Group has chosen Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to design the project, which is planned to rise in place of the Park Lane Hotel.

The current structure measures approximately 370,000 square feet, and while the dimensions of the redevelopment have yet to be revealed, YIMBY learned that the project will position a hotel on the lower floors, with condominiums above. This is a trait shared by several of the 57th Street skyscrapers, including One57 and the future 217 West 57th Street, an artifact of a zoning code that allows more commercial space than residential and a market that values height.

Richard Rogers is a pioneer of high-tech architecture and a giant of late modernism, and if he lives up to his reputation, 36 Central Park South could set the bar for quality in the 57th Street submarket.

The architect’s most notable project in development is 3 World Trade Center, or 175 Greenwich Street, which has finally been financed and will soon transform the Lower Manhattan skyline with its blocky massing and intricate exterior detail. But he also won a competition to rebuild 425 Park Avenue for L&L uptown, a smaller but much pricier building on the edge of the coveted Plaza District submarket.

While residential 36 Central Park South may be a softer version of Rogers’ look than his office towers downtown and on the East Side, the architect will surely bring his same overall high-tech style to the Central Park skyline, with its definitive glass, metal, exposed structural grids.
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