80 South Street
|80 South Street|
|Type||Residential, office, museum|
|Location||80 South Street, New York City, New York, United States|
|Antenna spire||1,123 ft (342 m)|
|Roof||826 ft (252 m)|
|Design and construction|
80 South Street was a residential skyscraper proposed for construction in New York City. The building was planned for construction in Lower Manhattan, and designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. However, the project was canceled on April 16, 2008 in the wake of a declining real estate market.
The design of the building consisted of 12 four-storey cubes stacked on top of one another, cantilevered off a central concrete column standing above an 8-storey base. The slender concrete core would contain elevators, fire stairs and risers for plumbing and power. The base was intended to hold a cultural space, such as a museum. The lowest two cubes would hold offices, while the upper 10 cubes were planned to serve as individual residences. Each private cube would consist of about 10,336 square feet (960 m2) of area, as well as an outdoor garden. The residences each had a cost starting at $US29 million, with the top cube costing $US59 million, making them some of the most expensive condominiums in New York City.
The building had a planned roof height of 826 feet (251.8 m), and the central core was planned to extend as a spire to 1,123 feet (342.3 m). The tower was originally conceived as the 3rd-tallest building in New York City (after the Empire State Building and the Bank of America Tower).
The design for 80 South Street was first released to the public in 2003. Santiago Calatrava has stated that he took the idea for the building from a sculpture he created in 1985. 80 South Street received approval for construction from the City of New York in February 2005; the site on which it was planned to be constructed is currently occupied by a six-story red brick building.
Although 80 South Street had been approved by the city, the project was later canceled in April 2008. The building did not sell any of its 10 multi-million dollar residential cubes; the developer of the project also listed the declining U.S. real estate market as a factor in its cancellation.
The existing building, including the side door entrance on Fletcher Street, was used as the set for API headquarters in the short-lived AMC series RUBICON, filmed in 2010.
- Weiss, Lois (2008-04-16). "'Sky Cubes' Meltdown: Calatrava Downtown Residential Project Dead". New York Post. Retrieved 2008-04-18.