This Earth Day we selected few buildings that are at the forefront of innovation and are incorporating sustainable practices and/or biophilic elements that encourage indoor/outdoor living into their design. Some are designed by world-renowned architects like Paris-based architect Odile Decq, Amsterdam-based Concrete, Pritzker Prize-winning Renzo Piano, and more. These new luxury condominiums not only provide a tranquil and eco-friendly escape for residents, but they’re part of a new generation of buildings working toward a better future.
565 Broome – SoHo New York City
565 Broome SoHo, the luxury condominium designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, is the first luxury residential ZeroWaste Building in New York City, which is defined as achieving over 90% diversion of waste from landfills, incinerators and the environment. The building’s commitment to Zero Waste will contribute to considerable reductions in waste generated compared to a typical building of its size, with 115 residences. This will include a “ZeroWaste Room” on each floor with bins for paper and cardboard, one for metal, glass, plastic, and another for organic material. Even, offering water bottle filling stations throughout the building to become a plastic-free water bottle building.
565 Broome SoHo is a sustainable-focused property and will provide building residents with the following programs and amenities, filtered air through a glass-enclosed, 90-foot tall landscaped lounge and conservatory lined with trees and a green wall providing natural air filtration. Residents will have filtered air flowing through their residences and high-performance, multi-zone heating and cooling system for individual climate control, and a custom-designed high-performance curtain wall system with Low-E coating reduces heat loss in the winter months and solar heat gain in the summer months.
The building also features the latest automated parking technology, all of which is located above ground. The property will have 42 parking spots, each of which will be equipped with a full capacity electric charging station.
Antares – Barcelona, Spain
Odile Decq has been awarded The Golden Lion of Architecture during the 1996 Venice Biennale, recognized with the Jane Drew Prize in 2016 and featured the architecture Biennale in 2018. Barcelona has a strong design history with buildings by Gaudi, Herzog and De Meuron and Jean Nouvel. Yet when it comes to residential buildings, the designs are very traditional, adhering to classic Spanish design standards: low-rise buildings, small living spaces and no amenities.
Odile was chosen to design Antares to offer something completely different with a dramatic bold design that stands out against the skyline. All 89 residences at Antares offer apartments with large spaces and are designed to encourage indoor-outdoor living. Each home has large sweeping terraces that provide panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea, the Catalan capital and the surrounding mountains. There is also a suite of resort-style amenities which include a 1,000 sqm biophilic design-lead wellness area with landscaped spaces, cocoon-like yoga pods and a rooftop infinity pool.
Residents entering Antares are greeted by a triple-height lobby with a curved feature wall, bespoke concierge desk and resident’s lounge area, boasting a full-height green wall extending into the garden.
The West – Hell’s Kitchen, New York
The West is being designed by Concrete, a design firm based in Amsterdam that has designed projects around the world including CitizenM hotels in NY, London and Amsterdam, W Hotels in London and Verbier, and the first-ever Virgin Cruises. Located at 547 West 47th Street on 11th Avenue, between 47th and 48th Streets, blocks away from Hudson Yards with easy access to the Hudson River waterfront. A block-long development, it rises 12 stories and features 219 residences, which will include studios to 3-bedroom. Concrete’s design for The West’s exterior is meant to evoke the neighborhood’s industrial past with large volumes at street level, oversized window walls, and a distinctive façade composed of Dutch-made brick. It makes for a visually striking statement in the area which is surrounded by commercial buildings and generic residential structures.
The intricate brickwork of The West’s facade is the result of a yearlong collaboration between Concrete and StoneCycling, an Amsterdam-based firm committed to the sustainable manufacture of upcycled bricks. The brick matrix itself is a proprietary mix of recovered construction debris blended with raw clay quarried in the Netherlands. After working with the architects of Concrete Amsterdam on the exterior of The West in New York, StoneCycling was challenged to extend the bricks from the outer façade into the lobby of the building, using brick slips. For the wall behind the reception desk in the lobby, they made a relief using Truffle Shine WasteBasedSlips, by letting some of the slips protrude a little further than others.
The relief in the lobby is a translated text depicted in Morse code! With bricks, they created a graphic work of art that subtly adds an extra layer to this space. The text translated into Morse code refers to the neighborhood Hell’s Kitchen, where the project is located and reads: ‘This neighborhood is hot as hell.’ ‘Hell is cool.’ ‘This here’s hell’s kitchen.’
450 Warren – Brooklyn, New York
As we pass one year of sheltering within our homes, we are forced to re-examine how we inhabit our living spaces, especially in crowded cities. In the formerly industrial area of Gowanus, Brooklyn, a truly novel, (almost experimental!) new way of indoor/outdoor living in New York City at 450 Warren is nearing completion, as Brooklyn-based developers TANKHOUSE and architects SO–IL reveal the boutique 18-unit building that meshes the feeling of a private home within a dynamic community woven directly together with nature.
Within the developer and architect’s vision, walls are replaced with transparent mesh to allow light and changing seasons to permeate the building’s activity. Each apartment is entered directly from the exterior, and a foyer vestibule/front porch begins the transition to private space, reminiscent of neighborhood front stoops, a threshold between in and out. Even the lobby is open to the immediate surroundings with light and air, while still offering privacy – uniquely, residents have the choice of outdoor stairs or an elevator to access their apartments.
25 Park Row – City Hall Park, New York
25 Park Row is a new 50-story condominium building designed by CookFox Architects on the former J&R Music & Computer World site directly overlooking City Hall Park in NYC. Uniquely, every residence has views of the park and over 98% of residences offer access to usable outdoor space. Both amenities and residences incorporate biophilic design which relates to the eternal quest for optimal wellness (the ultimate luxury) by incorporating natural materials, light, patterns, and nature views directly into the home to enhance human health and overall well-being by bringing all aspects of the outdoors, indoors.
25 Park Row features a full suite of fitness and wellness amenities designed by acclaimed Brazilian designer Andre Mellone of Studio Mellone, including a 65-foot swimming pool, spa treatment room, park-facing gym, and private yoga and meditation studio.
378 West End Avenue – Upper West Side, New York
378 West End Avenue is a new condominium located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side at the corner of West 78th Street and West End Avenue. COOKFOX Architects was commissioned to design the intricate development, which includes the restoration of an existing, original 1915 Palazzo-style building overlooking the historic Collegiate Church and combining it with a newly constructed 18-story tower. Throughout the design process, Alchemy Properties and COOKFOX Architects took residents’ health and safety into careful consideration, incorporating state-of-the-art technologies and amenities, and biophilic design elements to promote residents’ wellbeing.
Residents of 378 West End Ave can utilize touchless operation from the building’s entry all the way to their own home. The building’s lobby, garage, and four elevators open with scanned key fobs, and 90% of residences offer direct elevator access. The common spaces and over 11,000 square feet of amenities include antimicrobial copper door hardware on all doors and advanced purifying air and water filtration systems. Outside air will be treated with a Merv 13 filtration system and a separate charcoal filter. Further, for all amenity spaces, they are using Plasma Air 7000 Needle Ionization systems to treat the duct air and control any undesirable air particulate before it enters the space. Air in the amenity spaces will be further cleaned by a number of Oransi EJ HEPA filters.