HEKKTA takes a walking tour inside Foster + Partners’ new skinny skyscraper in the towering metropolis of New York. Luxury on luxury, this insight into premier New York real estate is sure to leave you ridden with envy.
Ah, New York. The bright, dazzling lights and the incessant hustle and bustle of the city is enough to spin most folk into a coma of awe. But walking through One Hundred East Fifty Third, you wouldn’t have a clue.
Compared to the showstopping skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building, the Rockefeller Plaza, or even the newer One World Trade Center, Foster + Partners’ skinny tower is not all that to look at from the outside, but from the inside, it is a stunning example of elegant design.
Assisted by interior designer William T Georgis, the famous architecture firm has used a beautiful blend of concrete, glass and marble to create it’s chic feel. The interior pictures were taken by photographer Bjorg Magnea, whose shots bring the rooms to life.
With luxury apartment residences such as this one, there are a certain amount of amenities that most will assume come with the hefty price tag of a prime apartment. Fear not! This beautiful 18-metre pool is lined with plants and leads onto the wellness facility, that includes a yoga studio, a sauna and a steam room.
Also expect several rain showers, such as the one below, amazingly captured as of the water falls like ice.
Additionally to this is a lounge area, a gym, a cardio and weights room and also a food space with a restaurant with ‘site-specific artwork’.
The 1,638 square feet apartments contain two master bathrooms suites with an open-plan living and a dining room in between, while the 1,375-square-foot apartments are just one-bedroom.
Keen to attract art sellers, the firm were very particular when choosing the artwork to decorate the building and used the assistance of Aby Rosen (a co-founder of the project’s development company RFR Holding and a major art collector) in decorating one of the larger apartments with his own collection, in a bid to entice buyers.
The building was earlier aiming at completion in 2017, when project updates were released in 2015, but will now officially open later this year.
When taking a tour around One Hundred East Fifty Third, the simple but beautiful design shows you just how much you can achieve with a space, especially in a skinny building like this one, where the rooms (although it doesn’t seem like it) are actually not very big at all.
The skinny skyscraper, or the french fry skyscraper as we like to call it, is a growing trend in Manhattan, as room on the ground runs out. Manhattan’s air is just as valuable as the ground, and Foster + Partners are certainly not the only firm looking to maximise the space in the sky. A host of other skinny skyscrapers are also under construction or planned for Midtown Manhattan, including Jean Nouvel’s 53W53 tower, which topped out over New York’s MoMA earlier this year, and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture’s Central Park Tower.
Plans even emerged last year for a huge curved, upside-down U shaped building, the Big Bend, which would be the longest in the world if ever built. Again, recognising that space on the ground is very limited, whereas space in the sky is not; this building would certainly divide the crowd if it ever got the go ahead!