I never thought I would get excited about an architect firm moving office spaces. This one, however, is interesting to me. The two parties responsible for two of the most unique NYC Midtown apartments have crossed paths in DUMBO.
I ran across an article from therealdeal.com website that reports Bjarke Ingels Group has signed a lease for 50,000sqft of office space in Dumbo from Two Trees Management.
Two Trees Management is the team that developed Mercedes House at 550 West 54th Street in Manhattan back in 2009. The architect on the project was Enrique Norten of Ten Arquitectos. Mercedes House is the Z-shaped mixed use building between 10th and 11th Ave that overlooks Clinton Park and the Hudson River. The base of the building is used by Mercedes Benz, and the upper portion of the building is all residential rental apartments. If you haven't seen the building, you should look it up on Google maps. The portion of the building that sits at the corner of 54th St and 11th Ave is 6 stories, then the building steps up 3 stories along 11th Ave to 53rd St. At 53rd St and 11th Ave, the construction turns ans steps up to its final height of 32 stories as it angles back towards 54th St.
Bjarke Ingels Group is the architecture firm responsible for the design of Via57 West at 625 West 57th Street. I am pretty sure you have seen this phenomenal design. It is a pyramid shaped, luxury residential building in Manhattans Hell's Kitchen neighborhood and overlooks the Hudson River. It sits along 12th Ave, between 57th and 58th Street. The building, along 12th Ave, is the base, and as it rises to its full height it angles back to the East. There is a 22,000sqft courtyard that is dropped right in the middle of the building.
B.I.G. s moving their New York headquarters from Lower Manhattan over to DUMBO, which will be closer to the majority of the associates who work for the architect, as well as, being closer to Mr. Ingels' person residence. Does this happen every day in New York, or can we expect to see the two powerhouse companies collaborate on a project soon?