1055 Park AvenueNew York, NY, USA IGOC, LLC H. Thomas O'Hara, Architect-of-Record Residential 21,000 ft2 / 2,000 m2
This 12-story building on the southeast corner of Park Avenue and 87th Street in Manhattan houses five luxury residential units, a wood-clad library and spacious private gym.
The building’s jewel-like quality owes both to its narrow shape—it is only twenty-feet-wide—and to its reflective all-glass façade. Designed to be both distinct from and sympathetic to the existing built fabric of Park Avenue’s stone and brick façades, the building’s exterior camouflages a sleek, modern interior. Terra-cotta-colored ceramic frit arrayed across the façade creates a complex, layered effect that obscures bathrooms and closets and offers privacy to residents. The building’s high-performance glass wall reduces its ecological footprint by minimizing the need for mechanical heating and cooling.
Each room within the luxury duplexes offers panoramic, floor-to-ceiling views of the surrounding cityscape. The floor-through, multilevel units are appointed with modern finishes and luxurious materials. The rich palette includes limestone and marble, wood flooring, and statuary-bronze metal finishes. A custom designed staircase positioned along the glass façade connects the multiple floors of each unit.
The aesthetic sensibility of the apartment units extends to the building’s shared interior spaces. A metal canopy announces the luxuriously appointed lobby. A concierge desk, library, and long limestone bench are the primary design elements in the ground-floor space. Stone walls permeate throughout. One level below the lobby, a gym is available for use exclusively by residents.