40 Mercer

new york, ny

client: hines developers

The elements of landscape that Thomas Balsley Associates has designed for 40 Mercer is integral to the dynamic and successful environment created for the modern Manhattan lifestyle, in the trendy SoHo district. A private park at the ground floor connects the bustling activity of Broadway with the sophisticated serenity of the galleries and shops that line Mercer Street. Both architecture and seasonal interests are articulated with a row of red maples that give rhythm to the park, and vibrant hues of red color in autumn.

The landmarked neighborhood of SoHo has a consistent yet varied language of architecture. The terrace for 40 Mercer seizes this opportunity with a setback terrace on the sixth floor with a two-tiered design. The upper tier affords private outdoor rooms that are framed by plantings that extend the interior spaces. The lower tier of the terrace is accessible to all of the residents, with planting providing an even greater variety of mix for outdoor space. The sequence of arriving throughout the park, and experiencing the terrace rooms, occurs within the evocative architecture of Jean Nouvel with a design language that is respectful of the past and embraces the sensibilities of the 21st Century.


Best of Year Award – NY Construction