Tadeo Ando

New York apartments story

Tadao Ando’s first New York City project is nearing completion. The super-deluxe low-rise tower on the edge of Nolita, Soho, the Bowery and Chinatown comprises a mere eight residences of between 175sq m and 450sq m, some of which extend over the entire floor. The price tag for those five-bedroom flats is $14.8m. It’s all happening on the site of a car park.

152 Elizabeth Street was commissioned by Sumaida + Khurana, a New York-based development firm established by Saif Sumaida and Amit Khurana, who appointed Michael Gabellini to create the building’s interiors.

The Pritzker Prize winner’s seven-storey concrete, glass and steel block at 152 Elizabeth Street will be adorned with an vibrant living wall, which it is claimed will be the biggest in the city.

Created by local landscape architecture and urban design firm MPFP, it will measure 30m by 17m and will wrap around and frame views through the windows, which are set back into the facade. MPFP’s designers have specified seasonal vines with a mixture of textures and colours, such as English ivy, Boston ivy, Virginia creeper, jasmine clematis and climbing hydrangeas.

MPFP have had a number of highs recently, including the New York Wheel, a 192m-tall observation feature and five-acre public park on the northern shore of Staten Island. Meanwhile the firm’s design for Washington DC’s new park, The Yards, links the waterfront to key public spaces.


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