Considered to be the most sustainable condominium building ever built in New York City, Charlotte of the Upper West Side just listed its premier penthouse (and two residences) and officially launched sales. Designed by the award-winning BKSK Architects and engineered to meet the exacting standards of the German-based Passive House Institute, the nine-story ground-up is light years ahead of its time thanks to its architecture created to improve health and wellbeing as well as be environmentally conscientious.
Originating in Germany several decades ago, the Passive House Standard dramatically reduces a home’s energy consumption for heating and cooling, while providing exceptional air quality. Charlotte of the Upper West Side’s insulation and airtight seals minimize air leaks and drafts, keeping rooms consistently comfortable and quiet, while reducing energy consumption. Each residence features its own Swiss-engineered energy recovery ventilation (ERV) system and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) HVAC system that produces fresh filtered outside air to each room of the home, consistently exchanging stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air. Furthermore, thanks to triple-paned windows and robust insulation on exterior walls and between residences, all homes are quiet.
The building’s façade features surfaces of red brick and louvers of Italian-made terracotta. These custom baguette-shaped louvers help keep every home bright and comfortable every season.
The interiors are designed by ELLE Decor A-List Designer Alyssa Kapito Interiors and BKSK Architects. Offering full-floor residences, including a duplex penthouse residence with multiple terraces and a garden residence with gracious private outdoor space, each home features four bedrooms with ensuite baths, including a separate master bedroom wing. Henrybuilt, the leading luxury, custom cabinetry maker, has produced bespoke kitchens. Counters and backsplashes are crafted from full-slab Olympian White Danby marble, hand-selected from the historic Vermont Danby quarry. The residences feature the generous 20 x 47- foot kitchen-living-dining-room with operable floor-to-ceiling windows. The glass inside the triple-paned, quadruple-layered windows offers an incredible viewing experience and added protection from dust and street noise.
Residents will enjoy access to a sophisticated suite of amenities and services: a fitness room with state-of-the-art Italian-engineered TechnoGym equipment; a professional-grade Full Swing interactive gold and sports simulator; a pet spa; a supplemental laundry room; a private and secure storage unit for each residence; a full-time superintendent. The lobby will be attended 24-hours a day with a doorman and concierge. Both the lobby and amenity spaces have separate, independent ventilation systems that introduce fresh air and exhaust stale air.
Charlotte of the Upper West Side is located in the heart of the bustling Upper West Side. With construction well underway and the first closings planned for later this year, residences start at $10.74 million.