OMA designs mixed-use tower for Jersey City’s arts district
The City of Jersey City, The Athena Group and BLDG Management Co., Inc. announced today that the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has been commissioned to design a mix use development in Jersey City’s burgeoning waterfront development, at 111 First Street. The 1.2 million SF development’s mix of program of condominiums, public amenities and hotel, artist work & live studios, gallery, retail and parking will act as a beacon for the future development of the area into Jersey City’s arts district. Each component of the program is concentrated into individual blocks: a cube of artist work & live studios and galleries, a slab that combines hotel rooms and apartments, and a wider slab that accommodates deeper apartments. The resulting volumes are stacked perpendicularly in plan to create a 52 storey tower. This stacking maintains the independence of each block optimizes potential views from the site and creates a dynamic relationship between the building and its surroundings: a spectacle from convention.
Alternating the orientation of each block creates a series of open spaces at their junctions: the 111 First Street Public Terrace on the 5th Floor, terraces for the hotel restaurant and spa on the17th Floor and two shared residential terraces on the 36th Floor. Adjacent to each terrace is a public space that activates it during the day (gallery, spa, gym, pool, restaurant) and night (cabaret, bar, restaurant,
residential lounge). With direct street access, the 111 First Street Public Terrace will become a virtual link between the planned Powerhouse Entertainment Center and the Sculpture Garden north of the site. The vertical and horizontal density of public activity generated will energize the surrounding area to become a cultural hub for Jersey City.