6sqft’s series “Where I Work” takes us into the studios, offices, and off-beat workspaces of New Yorkers across the city. In this installment, we’re touring the Flatiron office of architecture firm FXCollaborative. Want to see your business featured here? Get in touch!
To mark their 40th anniversary, architecture firm FXCollaborative recently debuted their new name (formerly FXFOWLE), along with a slew of big-name projects such as the Statue of Liberty Museum, a nearly 1,000-unit affordable housing development in the Bronx, and Downtown Brooklyn’s One Willoughby Square, which will be the borough’s tallest office building as well as the firm’s new home. Ahead of their big move when the tower is completed in a few years, 6sqft paid a visit to FXCollaborative’s current Flatiron office space to see how these prolific architects make their magic happen, thanks to a behind-the-scenes tour and talk with senior partner Dan Kaplan. From sustainable architecture and office design to equality in architecture and the importance of collaboration, learn how FXCollaborative remains one of NYC’s top firms after four decades.
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Tom Brady image via Wikimedia Commons; Gisele Bundchen image via Wikimedia Commons
Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen have relisted their full-floor condo in the sleek One Madison tower at 23 East 22nd Street for $13.95 million, the New York Post reports. The New England Patriots quarterback and the Brazilian-born supermodel bought the 48th-floor unit for $11.7 million in 2014 and put it on the market for $17.25 million in 2016 when they headed further downtown to a $20 million five-bedroom spread at Robert A.M. Stern’s 70 Vestry.
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This $3.925 million combined sale in an historic Flatiron building is a unique opportunity for more than one reason. The 1870s Italianate townhouse at 28 East 21st Street, now a co-op, served as the studio of architect Richard Morris Hunt, whose designs include the Met as well as the Biltmore estate, The Breakers and other notable Gilded Age properties. It’s also a chance to acquire an 1,850-square-foot duplex with three bedrooms plus a dreamy townhouse backyard complete with flowering dogwood and magnolia trees and a 250-square-foot artists’ studio in the heart of the Flatiron district.
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If you can’t choose between living in a brownstone or a loft, this unique Flatiron co-op at 41 East 19th Street could be just what you’re looking for. You get all the grand old style of living on the parlor floor of a lovely landmarked brownstone, with the exposed beams and brick–and the creative use of space on two levels–that make loft living so cool.
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This Flatiron duplex has it all: a dramatic double-height living room, open staircases, angular ceilings, big windows, a balcony, sky bridge and private roof deck. Over a sprawling 2,300 square feet it holds two bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. And it comes from 131 Fifth Avenue, a 23-unit cooperative built in 1904 that was once part of the original Lord & Taylor department store. All signs of retail are now gone, and you’ve got this ultra-hip penthouse asking $3.95 million in its place.
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New York’s iconic Flatiron building, built in 1902, gets plenty of attention for its distinctive, triangular design. But the massive restaurant that operated out of the landmark’s basement–known as The Flat Iron Restaurant and Cafe–has seemingly been lost to the ages. The basement restaurant allegedly could seat up to 1,500 guests. And by 1906, Madison Square had transformed from a desirable residential neighborhood for the city’s elite, as it had been in the Gilded Age, to a bustling commercial hub. The lengthy menu reflects that, with offerings that include affordable dishes of shellfish, meats, and sandwiches.
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From smooth marble to luxe leather in dark tones of charcoal and slate, this floor-through pad at 151 West 28th Street at the intersection of Chelsea, Nomad and the Flatiron Districts combines classic loft detail with modern design. At 1,800 square feet, you’re getting a fair amount of space for $2.25 million; there are currently two bedrooms, an interior “bonus” room, and the opportunity to create closet and storage space. But there’s so much open space you’ll always know you’re in a Manhattan loft.
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Iconic even among the Flatiron district’s classic loft buildings and historic architecture, the neo-Gothic 1892 MacIntyre Building at 874 Broadway rises 12 stories above the downtown neighborhood with its handsome turrets, Byzantinue columns and Romanesque arches. Asking $6.25 million, this corner loft co-op occupying two of the building’s floors is right at home, overlooking Union Square. A thorough renovation merged two units, resulting in one massive three-bedroom home with a custom-engineered steel and glass staircase and 12-foot ceilings. According to city records, the loft’s current owner is writer-director Tannaz Hazemi (“Before the Bomb”), whose culturally diverse international lifestyle may well have influenced the loft’s spin-the-compass bohemian-luxe decor.
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The Flatiron District, photo via Pixbay
Taking the top spot from Tribeca for the first time in a long time, the Flatiron District now ranks as the most expensive neighborhood in New York City, according to data compiled by Property Shark. In its latest report looking at the residential market during the third quarter of 2017, the group lists the 50 priciest neighborhoods in the city, with the usual upscale ‘hoods like TriBeCa, Central Park South and Hudson Square rounding out the top tier (h/t Time Out NY). In another plot twist, Red Hook has become Brooklyn’s most expensive neighborhood this quarter–overthrowing DUMBO–with a median sale price of $1.92 million in Q3.
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Once you settle in to the rustic vibe of this pre-war Flatiron co-op at 41 East 19th Street, you might feel like you’ve been living there for years. The artful lived-in look is only part of the package; a 270-square-foot terrace adds the possibility of lavish entertaining, and a living room with a greenhouse roof keeps things sunny in all seasons of the year.
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