In a city that’s home to historic buildings and modern glass towers, there’s no shortage of compelling architecture across New York City-buildings that evoke either a sense of nostalgia, or offer a unique, forward-looking perspective. The latest crop of luxury condominiums, however, boasts architecture that does both, through the careful combination of opposing styles and materials, and it’s resonating with today’s discerning buyers.
Madison Square Park Tower
Madison Square Park Tower is the tallest residential building between Midtown and Lower Manhattan. In order to create a skyscraper that would offer exceptional views without detracting from the quaint buildings that surround it, the world-renowned architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates took inspiration from manor houses to design a granite base that would fit seamlessly within the pre-war streetscape.
From here, the building’s tower portion, clad in a sculpturally striking glass curtain wall, rises towards the sky-topping out at an astonishing 777 feet to offer dramatic views of the five boroughs.
Not far away, 88&90 Lexington is an architectural anomaly that celebrates the marriage of old and new by blending a classic pre-war building with a modern post-war building in the heart of NoMad.
Built in 1927, the classic limestone façade of 88 Lexington was restored to preserve its stunning Art Deco detailing while 90 Lexington, which was built in 1958, received a “facelift,” replacing the original exterior with sand-colored stone and sharp, clean lines that accentuate the oversized windows.
Further down in Manhattan’s Financial District, 77 Greenwich is a sculptural tower of reflective glass rising from a cast stone base. Designed by FXCollaborative, the building’s signature pleated glass curtain wall design creates sprawling water views from every home and offers a graceful juxtaposition to the heavy masonry of its historic neighbors.
77 Greenwich also includes the preservation and restoration of the neighboring Robert & Anne Dickey House, a historic landmark built in 1810 that is one of the last remaining Federal-style buildings in New York City, which will be seamlessly incorporated into a new elementary school entered via Trinity Place.
1010 Park Avenue
Situated next to a landmark church, 1010 Park Avenue was designed by the award-winning architecture firm Beyer Blinder Belle, who paid tribute to both the historic Park Avenue district as well as the landmark icon next door.
The first few floors of 1010 are composed of local Manhattan schist, creating continuity with the church next door, while the upper floors are crafted from Indiana limestone—the same that’s found throughout the storied coop buildings that dot the Upper East Side landscape.