70 Pine Street
Many iconic New York buildings factor in change as a constant in a modern city. As Manhattanâs Financial District becomes a true live/work neighborhood, 70 Pine Street has emerged as an anchor to the transformation. Encompassing 777 residences and hotel rooms, 70 Pineâs next life retains the prestige of its location and Art Deco heritage, while breathing an entirely new life into a revered Jazz Age skyscraper.
To meet the challenge of reconfiguring a purpose-built office tower to residences, Rose Associates retained the services of Stephen B. Jacobs. One of New Yorkâs most experienced architects in the adaptive reuse of non-residential buildings, Jacobs was tasked with configuring luxurious living spaces within the buildingâs unwieldy existing floor plates. Starting with a full block at its base and tapering to a slender tower, 70 Pineâs massing sets back every few floors, resulting in a myriad floor plan variations.
The lobby and exterior of the building are New York City landmarks and underwent a preservation program. As a residential tower requires fewer elevators than a commercial building, the now unnecessary elevator shafts were reclaimed as usable square footage. In the lobby, the unused elevators became mailrooms, retaining much of the original Art Deco detailing.
Photographed October 2016.