139
Centre
9-story, 172,000 square foot mixed-use project containing 144 office condominiums and 11 retail condominiums geared towards Chinese medical professionals and entrepreneurs in New York's Chinatown.
Architect
Gene Kaufman Architect


Landscape Architect
Terrain NYC inc.


Feng Shui Consultants
Masters Tin Sun & Pun Yin
As Chinatown's population and economy evolves, office choices for modern professionals remain in short supply. 139 Centre Street allowed upwardly mobile professionals to invest in New York for the long term.
As Chinatown's population and economy evolves, office choices for modern professionals remain in short supply. 139 Centre Street allowed upwardly mobile professionals to invest in New York for the long term.
The limestone facade on Centre Street reflects the area’s past.
OVERVIEW

The structure was completely gut renovated, transforming the previously existing telecom office and data center into uniquely designed Class “A’’ commercial condominiums. Office condominiums ranged in size from 500 to 1,100 square feet with the ground floor retail condominiums ranging from 1,500 to 5,000 square feet (excluding the basement).

DIFFERENTIATION

While the building’s physical attributes and alternative uses were apparent, a business plan was devised to focus on the trends in the local business community.

  • Unit Size
  • Ability to Purchase Units
  • In the heart of Chinatown
  • Feng Shui Design

Representing one of the first medical office buildings to bring together top-rated doctors educated in eastern medicine from all five boroughs to a single destination allowed the project to double the average price per square foot for commercial condominiums in the city.

PROJECT HURDLES
  • Focus groups
  • Adaptive reuse of 1910 building
  • Vertical Atrium
  • 6,900 SF addition
The limestone facade on Centre Street reflects the area’s past.
A curtain wall system on Lafayette Street speaks to the future.
A curtain wall system on Lafayette Street speaks to the future.
The project appealed to professionals in Chinatown who chose to own rather than rent office space.
Feng Shui design principles extended to the design and color of the entryways.
Central garden core with skylight, plantings and paint colors was driven by Feng Shui principles.