In collaboration with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), SLCE led the team in executing the OMA design while providing interesting residential layouts, without compromising the façade design.
Utilizing the through-block site, SLCE and OMA created two towers connected by a breezeway at the cellar and first floors. The North Tower is 18 stories and consists of 109 luxury residential condominiums, while the South Tower with a smaller footprint contains 25 luxury units and stands 13 stories tall.
Approximately 12,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor fronts both Lexington Avenue and East 23rd Street; the 213,000 square feet of residential condominiums is situated on the more residential 22nd Street. Residents enjoy an automated parking system that allows them to access their vehicles using a card key or fob. Each of the 24 cars is neatly stacked away on the same “tray” that the resident leaves the car when entering the parking area.
Designed as a standard flat-plate, cast-in-place concrete slab, with transfer slabs on the third and ninth floors, this structure allowed for flexibility of unit layouts while providing a substantial frame for the precast wall system. Introducing a design of one-inch “pleats” in the precast wall, the windows are set deeper at the ends and gradually move out toward the corner, increasing in size. This terminates as a folded façade on the building’s corner, and adds desirability to the corner units.