Rem Koolhaas – Jersey City

Ok, it’s not Hoboken, but since New York’s Sixth often links back to Hoboken411, I figured I’d reciprocate. What do you think of this crazy tower going up by the waterfront in Jersey City? I checked the site and couldn’t find a search button.

I almost would prefer a wacky 52-story building like this in Hoboken, rather than the same run-of-the-mill cookie cutter condo that peppers our landscape. Maybe if we just built one of those, we can have the large park we all crave.

Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas presents design for 52-story tower in Jersey City

The Associated Press
Monday, February 26, 2007

rem-koolhaas-jersey-city.jpgJERSEY CITY, New Jersey: In his design for a 52-story tower across the Hudson River from Manhattan, internationally acclaimed architect Rem Koolhaas wants to inspire social interaction, life and energy.

The building’s design — three rectangular slabs stacked perpendicular to each other — allows for a mix of uses: condominiums, a hotel, artist lofts and studios, gallery and retail space.

“I am putting together familiar elements in an unfamiliar way,” he said Monday in an interview after presenting renderings and models of the project at the Jersey City Museum.

The Dutch architect, a winner of the prestigious Pritzker Architectural Prize, showcased his plans to transform the Jersey City skyline. He said he was conscious of creating the mix of uses to allow for people to interact, which he said is unusual in a high-rise building.

“We are creating something slightly more memorable and slightly more energetic,” he said.

The $400 million (€304 million) project, with public spaces on three levels of the structure, will anchor an arts district a few blocks from the water in a booming area. It will be among the tallest residential projects in New Jersey and will sit diagonally across the street from another high-rise condo with a famous name, Trump Plaza: Jersey City.

Residential construction continues to blossom in Jersey City, which offers lower prices than New York and a quick commute to Lower Manhattan.

The new building will replace a brick 130-year-old former tobacco factory, now being demolished, which was embroiled for years in a legal dispute. The city wanted to create an arts district in the area, and the owner of the warehouse sued saying Jersey City was restricting what could be developed on the site.

The parties settled last summer, allowing developers to move forward with plans for luxury housing as well as the cultural elements. The settlement required 117 affordable housing units and 120 less-expensive spaces for artists studios and lofts. Another condition included hiring a world-class architect, said Bill Matsikoudis, the city’s corporation counsel. Developers with the Athena Group of New York said about 300 condominium units are expected to have a price range of $500,000 (€380,000) to $1 million (€760,000).

Koolhaas has also designed the Seattle Public Library, the Prada store in New York, the Casa da Musica concert hall in Porto, Portugal, and the China Central Television Headquarters, under construction in Beijing.

Monday’s announcement culminated negotiations to build a signature project in Jersey City, Matsikoudis said

“It’s a piece art in and of itself, a 600-foot (180-meter) tall sculpture,” he said.

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My 5 year old nephew just designed something similar with 3 Legos.


The only thing that would make this interesting is if the upper two tiers independently rotated when a gust of wind blows – thereby forever creating a new view of manhattan and lovely Secaucus, while giving tenants on both sides (East and West) and equal random chance of getting the infamous eastward direct view of the city.

Otherwise, it just looks like the Jolly Green Giant’s 3 year old tore up a Rubik’s cube and dropped in into Jersey.


[quote comment=”15217″]I would like to see inovative architecture in Hoboken too.

Oh … oh … stop. Please stop. Oh, that’s a good one. Ho … ha.
You think any of the scum/criminals that Roberts has bedded have any concern with the “architecture” in this town? They unwrap these buildings off the backs of flatbed trailers and screw them together. All with non-Union labor.


I think Calatrava’s design for South Street is a lot better, though. He actually put some thought into it.


Oh my goodness!

They have a new “Hospital” parking garage up on the hill too, next to Christ Hospital. Imagine the views! Think of the money you could get from luxuary condos there if CH moved to an inland location on the border of JC and Hoboken. Wow!!! Two vacant hospital builds with existing parking….what to do…what to do…..nah…they wouldn’t?….