Right before the new year, the highly anticipated condo from Toll Brothers City Living at 121 East 22nd Street in Gramercy reached its full height, providing the first real views of its glassy facade and chiseled corner that resembles a giant crystal. And what makes the structure even more special is the fact that it’s the first NYC project from Pritzker Prize-winning Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas‘s firm the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).CityRealty now tells us that sales have officially begun, currently ranging from $1.5 million, 761-square-foot one-bedrooms to $4.7 million,2,402-square-foot three-bedrooms, and along with the launch comes the first set of interior renderings and some fresh looks at the exterior and amenity spaces.
From multidisciplinary architectural firm Weston Baker Creative comes this vision of glass, grass and sass in the form of a mixed-use high-rise springing from the Rem Koolhaas parcel along Tenth Avenue and West 18th Street on banks of the High Line. As CityRealty reported, the mixed-use concept would include residences, an art gallery and ten levels of indoor farming terraces. The 12-story structure would rise from a grassy plaza, with the tower’s concrete base meeting the High Line walkway in a full-floor, glass-enclosed gallery that would sit at eye level with the park.
As 6sqft previously reported, “thirty-eight years after the publication of his acclaimed book ‘Delirious New York,’ Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his global architecture firm the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)… have finally landed their first ground-up New York City commission.” And now, CityRealty.com has uncovered the first official renderings of the two-towered condo development, located at 122 East 23rd Street in Gramercy.
The Pritzker Prize winner has designed a crystalline glass and concrete facade with a chiseled corner on the north building that exposes its glass edges. In between the two buildings will be a courtyard surrounded by private apartment terraces. The courtyard will lead into a pool area, children’s play area, and screening and party rooms on the building’s lower levels. There will also be a robotic parking system that brings cars to underground storage.
Thirty-eight years after the publication of his acclaimed book “Delirious New York,” Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his global architecture firm the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) seem to have finally landed their first ground-up New York City commission. Excavation is already underway at the 22,000-square-foot project site located at 122 East 23rd Street and will soon host a pair of block-through residential towers articulated by faceted elevations and chiseled corners. While there has been no official announcement that Koolhaas is on board, several consultant websites and Linkedin profiles indicate that the Pritzker Prize-winner has been tapped, while New York-based SLCE will serve as the architects of record.
To mark the occasion, and as we eagerly await the design unveiling, 6sqft has rounded up Koolhaas’ prior unlucky attempts to build in the city. The proposals befell to the usual suspects that typically stymie bold architecture in the city—community opposition, economic downturns, and the conservative nature of the city’s developers and public sector.
*Update 4/21: OMA has confirmed their involvement in the project and share that Shohei Shigematsu, partner and director of the firm’s New York office, is leading the design effort.
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- William Randolph Hearst stored a 12th century Spanish monastery in a Brooklyn warehouse for 26 years. [Untapped]
- Take a look inside this artist couple’s bright, floral, and fantastical Soho loft. [Curbed]
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- When you’re done reading this book, you can plant it to grow a tree. [Treehugger]
- Starchitect Rem Koolhaas thinks smart home technology in architecture is “potentially sinister.” [Dezeen]
Images: The Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux via Wikimedia (L); Dumpster diving via Eco-Chick (R)
- Although someone’s rented out the Pierre’s $500,000/month presidential suite, there’s still a one-bedroom available for $120,000/month. [NYDN]
- Rem Koolhaas will design Related’s new building along the High Line. [Architizer]
- The Branson at Fifth is the city’s worst ‘illegal’ hotel. [Crain’s]
- Rafael Vinoly is designing a townhouse on East 64th Street. [Curbed]
- Teamsters have put a Long Island City development site near 5 Pointz up for sale. [TRD]
- Demolition at 118 East 59th Street has started to make way for Euro Properties’ first foray into the Manhattan market—a 38-story boutique condo designed by SCDA Architects . [6sqft inbox]
Images: The Pierre apartment up for rent (L); High Line Park. © Iwan Baan (R)
The High Line is continuing its trajectory as the destination for the city’s most exciting new architecture, and it looks like another starchitect could soon join the already impressive roster of designers making their mark on the area. The New York Post reports that HFZ Capital Group is currently in the works to bring a “monumental” new structure to a lot located next to the elevated park at 76 11th Avenue—a site that spans from 17th to 18th and across 10th to 11th Avenues. Although the parcel is still in contract (expected to close in April), HFZ has reportedly already tapped Bjarke Ingels (BIG) and Rem Koolhaas for initial drawings, which were revealed by the company’s head, Ziel Feldman, yesterday at the Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association luncheon. The renderings are said to show “triangular structures that won’t block views”.