Within the Empire State Building’s five o’clock shadow, an eruption of glossy residential high-rises are nipping at the dame’s feet. Embracing a thoroughfare most familiar for its commercial connotations, the latest tower to ascend is a 33-story condo simply known by its address, 172 Madison Avenue. The 130,000-square-foot skyscraper is being developed by Tessler Developments and is among a half-dozen residential buildings planned for a central, yet undefined neighborhood that is almost Murray Hill, but not quite NoMad. Its topped off concrete frame rises nearly 450 feet above its East 33rd street corner, which was previously occupied by a ubiquitous clump of commercial, low-slung masonry structures.
Now with its debut pegged for early next year, the symmetrically-massed tower designed by Karl Fischer Architects is being dressed in its sparkly coat of reflective glass that is accentuated by robust onyx-colored frames. And along with this debut, comes new renderings of the triplex penthouse dubbed the SkyHouse, which is a massive marble palace with two outdoor pools.
All the details and renderings ahead
This morning we revealed renderings of Six Sigma’s upcoming condo at 435 West 19th Street, which offers private pools as one of its amenities (along with a sky garage). We first saw this perk pop up at SCDA’s Soori High Line a few blocks north on 29th Street, where 16 of its 27 units will feature heating swimming pools. Then, a $13 million condo at 172 Madison Avenue touted its 50-foot-long private pool, and One Riverside Park, Extell’s notorious “poor door” building, flaunted its duplex’s private pools.
While this may be a new trend here in NYC, “Soo Chan, principal of Singapore-based SCDA Architects, has already made a name for himself in Asia as the pool master, designing towers with up to 120 private swimming holes,” as we previously reported. So now that New Yorkers are getting a taste of what it’s like, are private pools going to be the next incarnation of the can’t-live-without fitness center?
Images: Private pool at the Soori High Line via SCDA Architects (L); private pool at 435 West 19th Street via Six Sigma (R)
Now that $1 million parking spots are the new norm and luxury apartment buildings are all but expected to offer outrageous amenities like vitamin C-infused showers, pet spas, and bowling alleys, developers have to get creative with their over-the-top offerings. So, how about a private swimming pool one-third the length of an Olympic pool?
According to the Daily News, that’s exactly what’s up for grabs at newcomer 172 Madison Avenue. “It’s the Pacific Ocean compared to the wading pools in even the fanciest new condo buildings,” says the paper, and that’s certainly true considering it will be 50 feet long.