Located in New York City’s Meatpacking District, 61 Ninth Avenue is a new office building articulated with multiple setback terraces and a floor-to-ceiling glass façade that is integrated within a modular frame that organizes the massing of the structure. The stacked cube-like curtain wall modules are arranged in a different configuration on each floor, creating unique interiors and a varied exterior.
The flexibility in the design of 61 Ninth Avenue responds to a particular market demand of the building’s neighborhood - Manhattan’s Meatpacking District - where offices are often housed in converted industrial spaces. The inherent character of these large manufacturing spaces is that they provide large open spaces with generous ceiling heights in contrast to center-core, high-rise office towers commonly seen in Midtown and other neighborhoods of Manhattan.
This building provides nearly 150,000 square feet of commercial space in three levels of retail and seven levels of office space. The core is located on one side of the building rather than in the center in order to achieve flexible, open floor plans that can be fit out to accommodate a variety of tenant needs.
The pocket parks transform the typical office, conference room, and break-out area into an integrated indoor-outdoor environment. The pocket parks can be utilized for various private and public functions, such as a private terrace for a corner office, or a communal space for an office function. And each one is located in a different position within the building’s façade, creating opportunities for differentiated tenant identity as well.