A new luxury condominium in the heart of the Flatiron District in New York City 21W20 is announced as the world’s first residential project to be independently certified under the official WELL Building Standard, which focuses on enhancing occupants’ health and well-being through the built environment. Developed by Gale International, the residential project is also pursuing LEED certification and is expected to be the first residence to be both WELL and LEED Certified.
The International WELL Building Institute is a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and well-being through the built environment. To achieve a WELL Certification by IWBI, 21W20 was subjected to testing by Green Business Certification Inc., the third-party certification body for both WELL and the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standard.
21W20 was awarded Silver level under WELL Multifamily Residential Certification based on seven categories of building performance: air, water, light, nourishment, fitness, comfort and mind. The state-of-the-art technologies installed throughout the residential building provide the highest standards of air purification, water filtration and sound attenuation, including MERV 13 Air filtration, three-pane, laminated-glass windows and in-floor acoustic mats to mute interior and exterior noise.
21W20 is located between Union Square and Madison Square Park. The luxury condominium building features a glass, cast iron and stone façade that rises from the street to the tenth floor. The building then unfolds to its full breadth of 100ft wide to reveal four floor-through penthouse homes perched atop the neighboring restored, landmarks-protected structure.
Designed by Beyer Blinder Belle, 21W20 will feature 13 residences: four Penthouses and nine Tower Units with interiors by David Mann of MR Architecture + Decor. The Penthouses, that can’t be seen from the street, provide seamless integration of indoor/outdoor living and ensure the utmost in privacy. Each of the expansive penthouse homes have private terraces and floor-to-ceiling southern exposure that create a seamless connection of indoor/outdoor living.