The St. John’s Terminal will be redeveloped into new housing, including affordable and elder housing, with new retails spaces and improved access to Pier 40 and the Hudson River Park. The proposed design of environmentally responsive, ecologically integrated high rises represents an emerging building typology in New York focused on occupant health and connections to nature.
The proposed buildings will interpret the design economy of New York’s early high-rise icons, with massing assembled around finely sculpted towers, detailed with geometrically rigorous setbacks and planted terraces. The industrial character of the site will be preserved with natural, human-scaled stone and brick, complemented by elegant, modern steel and glass details. Inspiration for the design at street level is drawn from the solid masonry construction, industrial multi-sash windows and architectural detail of the historic Hudson Square factories and printing press buildings.
A diverse mix of living spaces includes critically-needed affordable housing, flexible units for senior citizens, and market-rate housing, with 30 percent of all units being permanently affordable. Designed
Biophilic design will define the experience of the buildings, supporting physical and mental health and well-being by prioritizing human connections with nature. The planted roofs and terraces will provide direct connections to the natural world, and expansive views will blur the boundaries between interior and exterior. Day-lit corridors and other common spaces will further enhance connections to natural cycles of light, weather and seasons.