Before 152 Elizabeth Street, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando had never designed a building in New York City. The ultra-high-end, seven-unit, seven-story Nolita condominium is currently on the rise at the corner of Elizabeth and Kenmare Streets. Every detail of this Ando building reflects the famed architect’s philosophy that, “a living space should be a sanctuary. It has to be a place where you can reflect on your life.” Ando’s signature use of concrete and glass creates a strong yet minimalist beauty that finds balance at a location on the convergence of numerous neighborhoods. As architecture critic Carter Horsley puts it, “152 Elizabeth is not a dramatic masterpiece by one of the world’s greatest architects but a very refined and subtle ‘enclosure’ with wonderful detailing, a delightful surprise in this brand new, gee-whiz world of starchitects.”
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.”
It was announced back in March that Pritzker Prize winning architect Tadao Ando would be bringing his signature style to Nolita, and we’ve been waiting with bated breath to see what beauty he would design for the city. Wait no more… It looks like a few renderings of the 7-story, 8-unit residence planned for 152 Elizabeth Street have finally been unveiled!