CLIENTNormandy Real Estate Partners (now Columbia Property Trust)
SERVICESNew Construction, Building Renovation, Interiors
LOCATIONLong Island City, NY
SIZE240,000 sq ft
Normandy Real Estate Partners (now Columbia Property Trust) asked STUDIOS to reimagine 25-11 49th Avenue, an aging industrial building in Long Island City, and find the best solution to integrating a tower with the existing masonry building. STUDIOS prepared a site master plan to assess which portions of the original structure should be retained and the best utilization of the remaining FAR available on the site. The design strategy resulted in the surgical demolition of a portion of the existing building making way for carving out the footprint of the new building in order to then interlock the two structures.
The contemporary design of the nine-story building has a robust expressed frame takes inspiration from the vernacular factory buildings in the neighborhood. With consideration to the client’s desire to provide access to an outdoor amenity to as many tenants as possible, STUDIOS designed a unique stepped massing that rises from the historic two-story base and creates large open floors with multiple terraces facing west toward the Manhattan skyline.
The building, now known as Gantry Point, has an entirely new physical plant including electrical, data / telecom, plumbing, vertical transport and a robust package of tenant amenities. Visitors enter through an existing façade before crossing into the amenity rich lobby of a new building, where directly to the left, a coffee bar is the first point of entry, activating the street side and giving the building frontage. To the right, a spacious lounge serves as a communal space that can support co-working, facilitate social interactions, and act as a hub that serves a variety of functions. A folding wall directly connects the interior space to The Yard, a landscaped outdoor amenity, programmed with activities and a rotating roster of food trucks, providing tenants access to convenient dining options, and supporting the clients goal of creating an eco-system within the building.
Additionally, Gantry Point’s location has multi-modal transport from the LIE and the Hunters Point MTA and LIRR stations – and, of course, the building provides bike storage to encourage local commuters from the burgeoning LIC community and beyond.