Announcing 6sqft’s 2019 Building of the Year!

December 13, 2019

Rendering via DBOX; frame via Pixabay

The votes have been tallied, and it’s time to name the 2019 Building of the Year! The winning title belongs to none other than Nomad’s Madison House at 15 East 30th Street. The 62-story tower beat out 11 other significant NYC buildings, taking first place with 1,284 votes, 34% of the 3,823 total votes cast. Not only is the building the tallest in Nomad at 805 feet, but its sleek design from Handel Architects was done in a unique decagon shape that allows all of the 199 apartments to have column-free corners. Plus, Nomad is an ever-burgeoning neighborhood full of hip restaurants, plenty of transit options, and one of the city’s greatest concentrations of fitness studios.

Madison Place, 15 East 30th Street, Nomad, Handel Architect, Gachot Studios, JD Carlisle Development, Fosun International Limited

Handel Architects employed a glassy facade punctuated by vertical white terracotta boning. On their website, they say they were “inspired by the elegance and magnificence of the classic Gothic cathedral, and the ribboned exteriors of those buildings that draw the eye skyward.”  The wrapping, angled planes at the crown sets Madison House apart in the skyline.

The interior design is being helmed by Gachot Studios, who gained prominence for their work on the Glossier flagship store. The 199 condo units all begin at the 150-foot mark to take advantage of the views, further enhanced by 11-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows (each unit will have at least one corner window). Gachot kept the floorplans open and said their aesthetic for the project was “warm minimalism,” mixing contemporary materials, warm finishes, and the latest home technologies.

The 30,000 square feet of amenities include a 75-foot lap pool–as well as a hot tub, cold plunge pool, and spa–gym, children’s playroom, lounge with a chef’s kitchen and dining room, library, golf simulator, and landscaped roof garden. There’s also a street-level garden from landscape architect Mark Sullivan that separates the building from the street.

Co-developed by JD Carlisle Development and Fosun International Limited, Madison House topped out this past August and launched sales in September, with prices ranging from a $1.4 million one-bedroom to a $25 million+ four-bedroom penthouse with a private terrace. Occupancy is planned for fall 2020.

Rendering of 200 Amsterdam courtesy of Binyan Studios

An honorable mention goes to 200 Amsterdam Avenue, which came in second place with 929 votes. The 668-foot tower was designed with a nod to the Art Deco style by Elkus Manfredi, with interiors by CetraRuddy. Poised to become the Upper West Side’s second-tallest tower, 200 Amsterdam nabbed 24% of the vote.

Overall rankings:

1. Madison House: 1,284 votes
2. 200 Amsterdam Avenue: 929 votes
3. 111 West 57th Street: 466 votes
4. Rose Hill: 323 votes
5. Central Park Tower: 143 votes
6. Waterline Square (OneTwo, and Three): 130 votes
7. Brooklyn Point: 113 votes
8. One South First: 107 votes
9. 35 Hudson Yards and Lantern House: tied with 95 votes
11. 22o Central Park South: 93 votes
12. 15 Hudson Yards: 44 votes

Congratulations to all the teams represented. And thanks to all who voted!


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