Cetra/Ruddy

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One architectural name dominating the new development scene is CetraRuddy. Nancy Ruddy and her husband Jon Cetra formed the firm back in 1987, and over the decades that followed the pair built an architectural powerhouse that’s erected countless buildings across the globe. But while their breadth of work touches everything from the educational to hospitality to the cultural, here in Manhattan, it’s their luxurious residential designs that stand out. Ahead, CityRealty catches up with co-founder Nancy Ruddy about a few of CetraRuddy’s more recent residential commissions, as well as what went into designing what might be their most recognizable tower, One Madison.

READ THE INTERVIEW HERE…

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45 Broad Street

Back in January, 6sqft uncovered preliminary renderings of downtown supertall 45 Broad Street, a project of Madison Equities and Italy-based Pizzarotti Group that’s reportedly being designed by the architects at CetraRuddy. The design showed a presumably glass tower, “crowned by a distinctive pitched roof and an angling cantilever located some 400 feet above street level along its northern facade.” After groundwork began at the site earlier this month, The Real Deal has now obtained more concrete views of the tower, which will stretch 1,100 feet high, have 86 floors, and contain 245 condo residences catering to entry- and mid-level buyers. The new renderings mimic the original massing, but show much more detail, like the golden, Gothic-inspired ribs traveling up the facade, the pointed crown, and the narrow mid portion.

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Groundwork Begins at Downtown Supertall 45 Broad Street

By Ondel Hylton, Thu, February 11, 2016

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Wasting no time getting started, Madison Equities and Italy-based Pizzarotti Group have begun soil testing at the site of their upcoming supertall tower 45 Broad Street. After 6sqft revealed a trio of preliminary renderings last month, Pizzarotti Group’s CEO Rance MacFarland told Curbed that the tower will stretch 1,100 feet high and have 86 floors. He also shared that it will contain 245 condo residences catering to “entry- and mid-level buyers.”

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Architecture, condos, Financial District, New Developments

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** UPDATE as of 1/6/16: Pizzarotti CEO Rance MacFarland confirmed to Curbed that 45 Broad Street will be a 1,100-foot-tall, 86-story supertall tower. It will have 245 units that will cater to “entry- and mid-level buyers,” as well as five floors of commercial and retail space. 

Last October, it was announced that the long-vacant lot in the heart of the Financial District at 45 Broad Street would be redeveloped into a 65-story residential skyscraper by way of a partnership between Pizzarotti IBC and Madison Equities. Now, via Pizzarotti’s project page, we have our first look at the design of the 300,000-square-foot CetraRuddy-designed tower that the development group affirms “will be the highest condo in Downtown Manhattan.” The team will have to move quickly, though; at least two condo towers are proposed to be taller including Shvo’s supertall at 125 Greenwich Street.

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Architecture, condos, Financial District, New Developments

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Renderings of the tower at 900 feet, courtesy of CityRealty

Last week it was announced that the long vacant Financial District lot at 45 Broad Street would be redeveloped into a 65-story condominium tower through a partnership between Madison Equities and the Pizzarotti Group. According to The Real Deal, “The buyers closed on the purchase of the land for $86 million and secured a $75 million acquisition loan.” While it is not yet clear what the project’s exact size and number of units will be, given the lofty ceiling heights of today’s high-end condo developments, 65 stories could yield a tower of up to 900 feet.

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Architecture, Features, real estate trends, Starchitecture

Glass vs. Stone: An Epic Architecture Battle

By Dana Schulz, Thu, September 18, 2014

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Decisions, decisions…sometimes there’s just far too many in New York City. Thai or Chinese takeout? Subway or bus? Central Park or the High Line? The list goes on. And one of the most grueling decisions we make as New Yorkers is where to live. From choosing a borough and neighborhood to deciding on a price point, it’s quite the undertaking. But what about the most elementary component of the building in which we decide to live–it’s material. To be more exact, glass or stone.

Glass tower dwellers are often drawn to the floor-to-ceiling windows, panoramic views, and clean lines, whereas buyers of apartments in stone buildings prefer a more traditional feel, with pre-war-style layouts that provide great separation of spaces. And some of the city’s most prominent architects have become synonymous with one style or the other. Think Richard Meier for glass and Robert A.M. Stern for stone. CityRealty decided to take a closer look at this epic battle and see how pairs of glass and stone developments fared across the city.

See how these buildings battle it out

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One Madison: A Modern Marvel on Madison Square

By Dana Schulz, Thu, August 28, 2014

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When it comes to New York City real estate, many people liken fluctuating prices to the chicken-or-egg phenomenon: does a building transform a neighborhood or does construction follow the most up-and-coming areas?

In the case of One Madison, the super sleek 60-story, high-rise tower that is home to a media mogul, a supermodel, and star quarterback, gentrification had already taken hold in the larger NoMad area when construction began on the building in 2006.

Take a look at the towering building and how it became one of the city’s top-sellers

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