● ALTA INDELMAN ARCHITECT
Greenwich Village building takes shape
Alta Indelman Architect has designed a “modern classic” for the prized southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 13th Street in Greenwich Village. Sited on a narrow, but deep footprint, the ten-story building with its limestone base and strong fenestration, makes a substantial statement about how a building can be sympathetic to the architecture in the neighboring Greenwich Village Historic District and yet have integrity in its own right. For years, this site had been an eyesore, but once again, the corner that now contains a contemporary interpretation of a classic Lower Fifth Avenue façade can reclaim its pride of place.
The building’s façade makes use of historically accurate materials – Indiana Buff limestone, Deer Isle granite, and light colored brick. It is articulated, with expansive, double height with spandrel glass at intermediate slabs. Standing seam copper, pre-patinated cladding on the top floor reproduce the gentle green color of similar “attic” stories that line this stretch of the avenue.
Sustainable design practices were used throughout the project and the building is expected to achieve LEED certification. page 1 of 3At street level is a subdued residential entrance and a wrap-around-the-corner retail space with four-sided awnings that were designed as part of the building and to integrate into the lively texture of the streetscape. Four luxury residences consisting of three duplexes and one penthouse triplex, are distinguished by their clear spans and articulated beams with high ceilings in between. Layouts are free of redundant circulation and efficient and placement of mechanical systems, allow for maximum usage of each apartment’s 25-by-100-foot floor plate.
Duplexes contain three-bedrooms plus a large library and a smaller study. The penthouse contains four-bedrooms, a sitting room for the master bedroom, a study that overlooks the living room, plus a terrace.
● LUCA ANDRISANI ARCHITECTS
Brooklyn luxury rental 50 percent leased
Halstead Property Development Marketing (HPDM) today announced that Kestrel, an eight-story new construction rental building, is now 50 percent leased.
Located at 33 Caton Place in Windsor Terrace, Kestrel offers its remaining 63 one-, two- and three-bedroom homes, all with access to a full suite of high-end amenities. Prices start from $2,162 per month for a one bedroom; $3,102 per month for a two bedroom; and $4,809 per month for a three bedroom. Occupancy is immediate. For availability, please visit www.TheKestrel.com.
Kestrel features 20,000 sq. ft. of outstanding amenities, including: a 24-hour doorman, fitness center with yoga room and sauna, media room, resident lounge, children’s playroom, landscaped roof deck with grilling areas, private rooftop cabanas, a pet spa, attended parking, bike storage, cold storage, and a work-from-home office center. Each residence also includes a washer and dryer.
Kestrel is a ground-up new construction building designed by Luca Andrisani Architects. The building was named after the American Kestrel, a small falcon often spotted in Prospect Park, which shares the colors of its feathers with the varied colors of the building’s metal-clad façade.
The kitchens at Kestrel are finished in Oyster CaesarStone countertops and Grohe faucets. Appliances include Whirlpool refrigerators, cooktops, microwaves and dishwashers and Maytag ovens. Master bathrooms feature Kohler toilets and sinks, Hansgrohe faucets, shower fixtures and shower wands, ceramic wall and floor tiles, and Wenge oak vanities.
● CARMEL PARTNERS
Midtown condo building commences closings
325 LEX, a modern luxury condominium tower situated between 38th and 39th Streets, has commenced closings. Carmel Partners’ first luxury condominium in New York City, the sleek 31-story tower is officially welcoming its first residents and has hit the 50 percent sold mark since launching this fall.
325 LEX features a shimmering glass-curtain-wall design that accentuates natural light and air, providing residents with sought-after views of the East River and the iconic Midtown skyline, including the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building.
Interiors at 325 LEX were designed by Povero & Company featuring attractive and smart layouts that emphasize function. Each residence features floor-to-ceiling windows, 9-10 foot ceilings, five-inch wide walnut plank floors, polished chrome hardware and year-round climate control.
Residents of 325 LEX benefit from a 24-hour doorman and onsite resident manager, an innovative fitness center designed by The Wright Fit, and a furnished roof deck featuring a gas barbeque.
Available residences at 325 LEX are priced from $1.2M for a 1-bedroom to $8.5M for a full-floor penthouse. 325 LEX offers a 421a tax abatement. For more information please contact Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group at 212.839.0325 or visit www.325Lex.com.
● TESSLER DEVELOPMENTS
NoMad condo building plans unveiled
Tessler Developments, a New York City-based developer of ultra-luxury condominium developments, today unveiled today the designs and plans for 172 Madison, its latest offering to the Manhattan residential landscape.
Every feature, service and amenity of the 34-floor glass tower has been tailored to fit the genuine needs and “wish list” items of the current Manhattan condominium buyer: Tapped into the demands and desires of the Manhattan buyers, Tessler Developments has been tracking current buyer needs in new construction condominium purchases – the locations, the sizes, the prices, and the types of amenities and services buyers want, require, actually use and will pay for happily.
Located in the trendy NoMad area, while being situated directly on historic, prestigious Madison Avenue, the upscale condominium will feature 69 units, split between 17 one-bedrooms of around 900-square-feet each, 40 two-bedrooms of about 1,500-square-feet each, six three-bedrooms around 2,150 square feet, as well as the Sky House, Mansion and four penthouses. Pricing begins at $1.2M, at $1,300 per square foot, for a one-bedroom unit; $2.7M for a two-bedroom and from $6M for a three-bedroom residence.
Renowned architect Karl Fischer and noted interior designer Shamir Shah, who both have worked with Tessler on previous well-received projects 150 Nassau and 260 Park Avenue South, designed the building to be a modern interpretation on the neighborhood’s rich history. The tower is being constructed on a solid cement base, with vertical stone columns punctuating the glass façade.
The ground floor is designed with two retail commercial spaces, then residences begin on the third floor 41 feet above street level, and the one- and two-bedroom units begin on the fourth floor, with ceiling heights of at least 11 feet in every unit.
Special features of the Mansion, Sky House and penthouses will be revealed soon, but Tessler did disclose a few special touches made with the end user’s satisfaction in mind: “every unit is a corner unit” which was made possible by laying out the homes with careful forethought, keeping each floor to a maximum of three homes; and every unit has a powder room, allowing for privacy while entertaining, as every bedroom has an en suite bath.
Perfectly set along Madison Avenue, 172 Madison is surrounded by a collection of haute couture ateliers, luxury boutiques, fine dining, and renowned museums and cultural institutions that place Madison Avenue among the world’s most important addresses. Blocks from Madison Square Park and surrounded by excellent schooling, transportation and access to all of life’s daily niceties, 172 Madison is perfectly created. The sales office, next door to the construction site, will open in mid-March. Occupancy is expected in late-2016.