Believed to be the most sustainable condominium building ever built in New York City, Charlotte of the Upper West Side is also one of the first new residential buildings to be constructed in the Central Park Historic District in the past 30 years. Designed by the celebrated BKSK Architects and engineered to meet the exacting standards of the German-based Passive House Institute, the state-of-the-art building enhances its residents’ health, wellbeing, safety, and comfort.
The Passive House Standard 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.
Charlotte of the Upper West Side has recently unveiled a first look at its interiors via a new model residence by Alyssa Kapito of Alyssa Kapito Interiors. The New York designer also worked on the building’s interior design alongside BKSK.
The model residence impresses with a beautiful combination of contemporary furniture designed specifically for the home and significant vintage pieces and antiques. Furniture and accessories by the French mid century masters such as Jean Royère and Charlotte Perriand, as well a host of other global furniture makers, can be found throughout the space.
Inside there are just seven full-floor homes, 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 as well as generous 20 x 47-foot kitchen-living-dining-room with operable floor-to-ceiling windows.
The kitchens are designed by Henrybuilt, the leading luxury, custom cabinetry maker. They mix timeless style with superior functionality.
The master bathrooms feature elegantly veined Imperial Danby marble floors and floor-to-ceiling wall slabs from the historic Vermont Danby quarry. The secondary bathrooms feature light stoneware handcrafted from American Clay and hand-glazed in San Francisco by Heath Ceramics.
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