The Tin Building by Jean-Georges

Cass Calder Smith Architecture, in collaboration with Roman & Williams Building and Interiors, designed the Tin Building at South Street Seaport, a 53,000 square-foot food hall featuring Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurants and bars, which opened in August 2022.

Located at the South Street Seaport, the Tin Building by Jean Georges is a culinary destination in the heart of Lower Manhattan. As the Interior Architect of Record, Cass Calder Smith Architecture + Interiors spent six years working to bring to life the 53,000 square-foot food hall designed with master chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Interior Designer Roman and Williams. The $54M project began in 2016 with the relocation and reconstruction of the Tin Building shell by Shop Architects to move the Historic 1907 building from under the FDR Freeway and elevate it above the 100-year floodplain.

Cass Calder Smith was brought on board by developer Howard Hughes Corporation in the early planning stages to push the momentum and transform the legacy of the marketplace, inserting Jean-Georges’ twelve restaurants, fast casual eateries, four bars, and a central retail market into the buildings’ lower two-stories, as well as a 20,000 square foot top floor commissary kitchen to service the building and the larger Seaport area. Known for its expertise in complex urban renovations, especially restaurants, and market halls, Cass Calder Smith coordinated the efforts of the extensive design team, including over 30 consultants, ranging from engineers to lighting designers. Complex mechanical, structural, and aesthetic priorities were resolved into an overall composition to achieve order, but the slightly chaotic excitement of a busy food hall remained.

The Tin Building opened to the public in August 2022 and is already a well-lauded success.

Design: Cass Calder Smith Architecture and Roman & Williams Building and Interiors
Developer: The Howard Hughes Corporation
Photography: Nicole Franzen, Allyson Lubow, Raunak Rekhi