Over the summer we got a couple of teaser renderings for Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando‘s forthcoming Nolita condo at 152 Elizabeth Street. But now the Times has released the entire batch of starchitecture porn, including a full building shot and interior details.
Ando’s first-ever standalone building in New York is a seven-story condominium with just seven units, and its design is completely representative of his signature style. Described as a “glass jewel box” by the Times, it’s made of in-situ concrete, galvanized steel and glass, combining to create a simplistic, modern esthetic that blends with the area’s industrial character. The Japanese self-taught starchitect wanted to create “a space which no one has created before with a very common material which anyone is familiar with and has access to. Concrete can be made anywhere on earth.”
The 32,300-square building, which will go simply by “152,” is being developed by Sumaida + Khurana, and Gabellini Sheppard Associates, who share Ando’s minimalist style, are designing the interiors. The homes will have floor-to-ceiling windows, flooring made of 250-year-old Danish oak with 20-inch-wide planks and adaptable features like expandable kitchen islands, removable walls and wood-paneled hallways with sliding pocket doors. The triplex penthouse will be wrapped in glass and offer 3,200 square feet of outdoor space, including a private roof deck with a soaking tub, an outdoor kitchen, and a lounge area, as well as a terrace with a reflective pool and two water walls framing a view of the Empire State Building.
Of the interiors, Michael Gabellini said “It’s this interior space that’s very fluid, that’s very open, that can have and does have separation of private areas and more public areas. You can say it’s loftlike, but it even takes that idea and thinks about it in more depth.” Half-floor condos will start at $6 million, full-floor units will start at $15 million, and the most expensive unit will go for $35 million.
The entrance will be on Elizabeth Street, where residents will pass through a “vestibule lined with a water wall with grooved glass panels that allow the light to filter through.” In the lobby will be a fog and light sculpture visible from the street. Ando told the Times, “I wanted to create intimate space. The water element acts as a buffer and transition from the busy and loud urban fabric to the quiet and private residence.”
Though this is Ando’s first building in New York City, he has completed interior works in the city such as at Chelsea’s Morimoto restaurant and the penthouse and lobby at 43 Crosby. He is currently designing another ground-up condo elsewhere in Manhattan, but declined to elaborate on the project. Sales at 152 should start next month and be wrapped up by November 2016. Stay up to date on 152 Elizabeth Street here.
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Renderings via Tadao Ando and Sumaida + Khurana
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