Long a status symbol of the rich and the historic homes that line Park Avenue, the entry foyer is now making a grand return in today’s luxury condominiums. In an age of openness and oversharing, ie. Snapchat and Instagram, a number of designers and developers are helping buyers reclaim their privacy by reinventing and reintegrating this classic staple. From wood flooring medallions with a basket-weave motif, ash veneer panels, custom-designed concrete walls and more, this age-old concept is being reinterpreted today.
At Studio DB’s all-new 13-story boutique luxury condo project in Brooklyn Heights, The Symon, the New York-based design firm led by husband and wife Damian and Britt Zunino – who are known for their custom homes and high-end interiors work for a roster of celebrities in New York – accentuated the 59 one-to-four-bedroom residences with custom entry foyers. Evoking a level of fine bespoke detail and custom finishes throughout, residents are welcomed home through large solid panel doors, crown molding accents, eight-inch baseboards and rich inlaid wood flooring medallions with a basket-weave motif. Oversized divided-light windows and custom washed-oak floors fill the homes with natural light and warmth once inside.
Across the bridge and nestled in the heart of the Upper West Side, 555 West End Avenue offers 13 breathtaking, one-of-a-kind residences with unmatched architectural magnificence from the building’s origin as a prestigious private school. The expansive three-to-five-bedroom residences are outfitted with elegant entry foyers, creating the perfect balance between classic Uptown apartment layouts and the dramatic volume and soaring ceilings of a Downtown loft.
Over on the Upper East Side in the coveted Carnegie Hill neighborhood, 180 East 88th Street is an iconic condominium tower offering only 48 graciously-appointed residences with soaring ceiling heights, pre-war-inspired details and stunning views of Central Park. Many of the condominium’s gracious residences have been outfitted with a formal, elliptical-shaped entry gallery. These spaces have been appointed with herringbone flooring from Austria, plaster cove details and wainscoting, and provide the perfect bridge from the exterior’s pre-war architectural inspiration to the contemporary residences.
Located in the heart of Manhattan’s “New Downtown,” 77 Greenwich, a new luxury condominium with interiors by the renowned Deborah Berke Partners—the firm known for the interiors at the world’s tallest residential building, 432 Park Avenue, boast’s 90 residences that feature a distinct entry foyer/gallery space lined with ash veneer panels that guide residents to open kitchens and gracious living spaces. The foyer floors are sandblasted/brushed Bianco Mist Quartzite.
And finally, at the new landmark tower by Foster + Partners and developer Aby Rosen 100 East 53 Street, many of the condominium’s coveted residences have been carefully constructed to include a grand entry foyer, including the building’s limited-edition collection of Downtown-style skyscraper lofts located in the base of the building. Residents enter through a striking oak entry door and then transition into the apartment through the entry gallery, which features architectural concrete walls and diamond-polished, high grade concrete flooring.
Like vintage finds and fads come back in style for those longing times passed, the entry foyer is now making a triumphant return in the newest luxurious homes giving everyone a quiet respite from the bustling city.
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