Look inside Karim Rashid’s futuristic HAP Five condo rising in East Harlem

Posted On Wed, September 14, 2016 By

Posted On Wed, September 14, 2016 By In Architecture, Harlem, New Developments, Starchitecture

The Karim Rashid-designed eight-story, 75-foot residential building at 329 Pleasant Avenue in East Harlem has started to take shape after addressing a gauntlet of public outcry, reports CityRealty.com. Renderings of the condominium building from HAP Investment Developers were met with resistance from the community for their original turquoise and magenta color scheme–a typical Rashid design element–which, it was feared, would clash with the the neighborhood’s century-old buildings. As 6sqft previously repoted, HAP toned down the color scheme, and it now features white balconies bordered with a gradually-fading shade of pink .

HAP Five Construction 1
Current view of construction courtesy of CityRealty.com

The 21,500-square-foot building will contain 20 condominium residences ranging from studios to two-bedrooms. The site, located between East 117th and 118th Streets, is near the East River Plaza, Thomas Jefferson Park recreation center and pool, CUNY’s Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work, and a shopping center with a Costco, Target, and Best Buy.

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Inside, space is maximized by concentrating the programmatic infrastructure (kitchens, closets) into compressed areas that “delimit space but do not block it from natural light,” according to Rashid’s project page. Each of the 20 units has its own balcony, all of which are skewed from the floor below to create an S-shaped geometry that helps light disperse through the apartments.

Find future listings for HAP Five here.

[Via CityRealty.com]

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