Building

Romancing The Modern

For architect Brian Brisbin, the “genius” of The Mercer is its ability to capture the mood of its century old environs on Mercer Street while remaining totally contemporary.

The Mercer, with its layered expression of brick, stone and glass, creates a vertical image that captures the unique character of Mercer Street. Referencing the past but rootedd in the present, The Mercer is what one of Brisbin’s partners, Greg Alexander calls simply an exercise in the “Romantic Modern.” And that almost instantly strikes one as the perfect moniker. The Mercer possesses in its DNA the chic aura of a mid-century Manhattan in a totally contemporary way.

The Mercer is totally “of today,” but imbued with the storied elegance of another era.

So how does The Mercer attain this architectural alchemy: making a totally chic, sleek, contemporary glass point tower resonate with historical flair and panache? Well, for architect Brisbin and his team the answer lies in a series of design “expressions” that separate their building from the increasingly

The Mercer is totally “of today,” but imbued with the storied elegance of another era.

So how does The Mercer attain this architectural alchemy: making a totally chic, sleek, contemporary glass point tower resonate with historical flair and panache? Well, for architect Brisbin and his team the answer lies in a series of design “expressions” that separate their building from the increasingly