Journal Squared, a three-tower residential and mixed-use high rise (as well as a new landmark for residents of the Garden State) broke ground today—a 2.3 million square feet behemoth that's 70 stories tall. Designed by Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) and Handel Architects, the building will be completed in roughly two years. This giant will be sure to beef up New Jersey's already-improving skyline.
From the Press Release:
The 2.3 million square foot project touches the ground lightly as its mass morphs into smaller units to relate to the lower density neighborhood around it. This base hosts active program like retail, restaurants, lobbies and parking. Three residential point towers rise above the base and include 1,840 units. The tallest tower, at 70 stories, is expected to be the highest residential building in New Jersey. The first of three phases, topping out at 54 stories, broke ground in January 2014, and is expected to be complete in mid-2016.
“Our goal was to design an urban space that knits together the existing urban fabric of Journal Square, while also creating an iconic presence in the skyline that can be seen from Manhattan,” said Matthias Hollwich, partner-in-chief at HWKN.
Said Marc Kushner, AIA, another partner at HWKN, “We designed a building that works equally well at the scale of the Turnpike, where hundreds of thousands of people will see it every day, and at the scale of the human who walks and lives in the city."
Creators Project salutes Hollwich Kushner and Handel Architects on their visionary accomplishment. For more info on Journal Squared, check out HWNK.com, and see our past interview with HWKN after the studio was honored at Young Architects 2012 at Moma PS1.