Tadao Ando’s First Residential Project in New York City Tops Out
Japanese architect Tadao Ando’s ultra-luxury condominium building in 152 Elizabeth, Manhatten, has topped out. The building is Ando’s first residential project in New York City. It is designed in collaboration with architect and interior designer Michael Gabellini of Gabellini Sheppard Associates and developed by Sumaida + Khurana.
The design of the 32,000sqft building is influenced by the area’s industrial character while maintaining a “profound architectural statement.” According to the developers, “The project will incorporate materials that are Ando hallmarks: poured-in-place concrete, galvanized steel, voluminous glass, and natural elements including multiple water features and green walls.” The 7-storey building will include 7 “individualized” residences with 2 to 5 bedrooms and areas ranging from 1,950sqft to more than 5,600sqft. It will, also, include a penthouse on it large rooftop terrace.
The developers claim that “The collaboration between Ando and Gabellini reflects a purity of design that is unprecedented in a residential project in New York.” They explained the design concerns for Ando and Gabellini by saying: “While Ando focused on balancing the fundamental elements of water, metal, glass, greenery and concrete, architect of record Michael Gabellini complements Ando’s vision through his design of the interior and exterior spaces. Gabellini enhances the sense of openness in each home, emphasizing the fluidity of spaces between the indoors and the outdoors, while still allowing for moments of privacy and separation.”
One of the main concerns for this project is the acoustics which will be dealt with through using exterior glass and façade system that provide high OITC rating. This treatment will turn the project into “a tranquil home environment” inside Manhattan’s busy neighborhood.