April 28, 2016 1:00 pm

Michael Kirchmann’s GDS Development is working to convert two SoHo buildings – five-story 25 Mercer Street and three-story 27 Mercer Street – into one condo project, dubbed 25 Mercer. Before residents move in, some of the spaces got a bit of an artistic touch.

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Rendering of the front of 25 Mercer. Credit: GDSNY

The first artist to get to work was Shantell Martin, who contributed two works to the space – a hard line pen drawing over the fourth floor elevator doors (seen above) and a spray paint installation along the ceilings, walls, and floors. Some of her work actually remains intact under the new finishing as part of the foundation of the building.

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Shantell Martin at work. Credit: Roy Rochlin

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Shantell Martin at work at 25 Mercer. Credit: Roy Rochlin

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Shantell Martin at work at 25 Mercer. Credit: Roy Rochlin

The building is located between Canal Street and Grand Street. That is within the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District. However, most of the conversion work on the 1867 structures was done internally. So, little had to go before the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Sales of the GDSNY and Fogarty Finger-designed development have already launched. Units include a townhouse, a penthouse (complete with a rooftop pool), and lofts.

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Rendering of 25 Mercer front roof. Credit: GDSNY

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Rendering of 25 Mercer front roof. Credit: GDSNY

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25 Mercer Street and 27 Mercer Street, September 2014. Photo via Google Maps

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