Departures Magazine highlights Dattner Architects’ Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage & Spring Street Salt Shed in “An Architecture Tour of New York City’s West Side.” Considered architectural gems of Manhattan’s West Side, the Garage and Salt Shed are recognized as changing the way people think about modern infrastructure facilities and their relationship with the waterfront.
The working waterfront was once defined only by its industry – goods being imported and exported. Although, limited by size and scale, the waterfront took a turn for the worst when facilities became insignificant and therefore abandoned and neglected. These key projects are contributing to a turning point in the rediscovery of Manhattan’s waterfront. Now, with a variety of architecture, programs, and, most importantly, people, the deluxe residences, office buildings, parks, and infrastructure required to support this City draw residents to the edges of Manhattan. Departures states “The architectural parade celebrates a city that early on suffered the miseries of deindustrialization and found a way to reinvent itself in glamour.” Among 16 buildings, Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage is recognized as a “garbage truck depot disguised by a fetching metal skin and, after dark, a colorful play of light,” and the Salt Shed is known as a “concrete beauty.”