80 South Street Tower Climbs Closer to Reality

80 South Street by Morali Architects

It’s been almost five years since Santiago Calatrava’s proposed tower at 80 South Street was scrapped, but the project is showing new signs of life in the hands of Morali Architects. If the most recent proposal is approved, the Financial District will boast a 998-foot tall skyscraper in the height-lacking eastern side.

The tower features recurrent gardens every ten stories, with a hotel on the lower floors, and residential apartments above. The released photos show a dynamic contrast of sleek glass and viridian skygardens spanning some 3,000 square feet, which illuminates Morali’s resolve to integrate sustainability into the urban downtown. Morali’s interest in using potential LEED components supports this envisionment of green living.

Morali’s Facebook page, where following updates are promised, states:

“[The] project is in the review phase only. We are finalizing our certification with City planning...We are still in the process of attracting a possible hotel partner. Also there are many facets of the project that still need to be addressed.”

With the damage caused to the Financial District by Sandy, the proposed tower is sure to meet increased review, as some buildings in the area remain uninhabitable. Morali has kept this concern in mind, as the the building mechanicals would be situated beyond flood waters among the skygardens.

While it will still be some time before FiDi sees something built at 80 South Street, Morali’s proposal breathes new life into the South Street Seaport. Several have voiced their opinions via Facebook, with the apparent majority supporting the tower. However, one question remains on the minds of many--why not two more feet?