New looks for Bjarke Ingels-designed East Harlem rental, The Smile

Posted On Mon, August 10, 2020 By

Posted On Mon, August 10, 2020 By In Harlem, New Developments, Rentals

Rendering courtesy of Vizerio Architectural Visualization

New renderings of Bjarke Ingels’ East Harlem rental have been unveiled ahead of the building’s opening next month. The 11-story tower at 158 East 126th Street, named The Smile for its curvy shape, contains 233 apartments, with 70 of them designated affordable. Leasing will kick off soon at the building, with pricing for the market-rate rentals starting at roughly $2,250/month for studios. The building offers an impressive amenity package tailored to those working from home, including a co-working studio and an incredible rooftop with a plunge pool, three whirlpools, and an outdoor movie theater.

Photos courtesy of Blumenfeld Development Group

Developed by Blumenfeld Development Group, the building topped out in October 2017 with the name E126. The new name, as CityRealty reported last year, reflects both the footprint of the building as well as convey “how fun the building will be to live in.”

The design of the building slopes inward as it rises upward, providing great views of the Harlem River and Manhattan skyline. The cantilevering footprint over 125th Street allows for a mix of apartment sizes layouts, while the facade’s interlocking checkerboard pattern gives every unit floor-to-ceiling windows.

“The homes rise above and beyond the Gotham Retail Plaza, cantilevering over to 125th street as it captures the views and sunlight from the south,” Ingels said in a statement. “The Smile is designed for the desires of Harlem’s residents of today – joining the diverse Harlem neighborhood, integrating wellness amenities and offering generous roof gardens.”

Residences, ranging from studio lofts to two-bedroom apartments, feature exposed concrete details, high ceilings, washer and dryers, and large closets. The kitchens, designed by BIG, boast imported Italian stainless steel cabinets and Caesarstone countertop and backsplash while bathrooms have white ceramic walls, custom natural oak vanity, and modern fixtures and finishes. The unique configuration of the Smile provides views of the Harlem River and Central Park.

As more New Yorkers opt to work from home, the amenity package of the Smile is sure to be a selling point. The building features the “Smile Rooftop Swim Club,” which includes a plunge pool with city views, whirlpools, dining areas, an outdoor movie theater, and landscaped spaces. Residents can also enjoy a co-working studio with areas for individual work and collaboration, a game room, a spacious demo kitchen, and a screening room.

The fitness center includes Peloton bikes, Nautilus circuit training machines, and other equipment. The Smile Spa contains a dry sauna, steam room, salt room, “sensory experience showers,” Hamam, and more.

The Smile will officially launch leasing this summer, led by Brown Harris Stevens Development Marketing. According to a new teaser site, availabilities include $2,299/month studios, $2,795/month one-bedrooms, and $3,814/month two-bedrooms, with concessions of up to 3 months free rent on a 15-month lease.


Interior renderings courtesy of Vizerio Architectural Visualization, unless otherwise noted. Exterior photos by Blumenfeld Development Group.

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Neighborhoods : East Harlem,Harlem



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