Riverside Center: UWS New Construction Megaproject Gets Renderings

Rendering of Building Three's Interior [All images via 6sqft]

As with many cities, New York’s cityscape is constantly evolving.  This goes doubly true considering the bevy of new construction megaprojects rising up in Manhattan and waterfront Brooklyn and Queens.  Manhattan’s planned clusters of high-rises, which are sometimes divisively glassy in their aesthetics, approach their designs with the optimism of crystalline growth.

Riverside Center might be on the small end of these megadevelopments (maybe call it a mini-megaproject).  But considering its location in the Upper West Side, many New Yorkers have wondered what exactly it might look like.  Goldstein Hill and West Architects recently released a whole bunch of renderings (and a map) for what the Upper West Side should expect to see coming up over the next few years.  The project already has city approval.  While renderings of the buildings’ architecture have been released, it seems that only Building Three thus far has any indication of what to expect for its interior design, though the deep and warm hues of wooden slabs and bronze fixtures of its massive lobby are a counterpoint to its glassy, reflective exterior.

At eight acres, the project’s footprint isn’t nearly as big as that of, say Hudson Yards (its public space alone is ~14 acres), but denizens of Lincoln Square can look forward to five new towers, which will offer a total of 2,500 residential units — both as condos for sale and apartments for rent — plus infrastructure bonuses including a hotel, public school, movie theater, auto showroom, and of course, public greenspace.  The development is built on land that was previously underutilized on account of railroads.

The project is currently being developed by Carlyle Realty Partners and the Extell Development Company, with Christian de Portzamparc as the principal architect.  Mr. de Portzamparc’s other projects include the Manhattan’s new constructions, 400 Park Avenue South and One57.