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First Look: Grimshaw towers for NYU

Grimshaw Architects’ latest offering for the US city has been met with uproar from local residents

The 25,000m² tower would sit on the Silver Towers site in Greenwich Village, rising above Bleecker Street and Washington Square.

But when New York University’s plans for the 38-storey building, part of its wider NYU 2031 expansion, were presented to the Community Board, locals said the scheme was not welcome as the university had promised only to build ‘essential’ developments in the area.

‘For them to turn around and stab us in the back so quickly is unconscionable,’ one local resident told the Architect’s Newspaper. ‘Some of us tried to maintain as much goodwill as possible, but I don’t see how that is possible anymore.’

Project data

Project name: NYU 2031 - Tower
Client: New York University
Architect: Grimshaw
Partner in Charge: Mark Husser
Associate Principal: Nikolas Dando-Haenisch
Project Architect: Jim Keen (Tower); Sam Brown (Feasibility Analysis and Concept Design)
Associate Architect: Toshiko Mori Architects (Master Planning only)
Landscape Design: Michael Van Valkenburgh & Assoc
Structural Engineers: Arup
Services Engineer: Arup
Quantity Surveyor: Turner Construction

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