Tadao Ando’s Condos at 152 Elizabeth Street
Sales have launched for two of the units at 152 Elizabeth Street, the “glass jewel box suspended in poured-in-place concrete” at the corner of Elizabeth and Delancey. The building was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, and is Ando’s first standalone project in New York City. The exterior of 152 Elizabeth will feature concrete, galvanized steel, and glass – all materials Ando is known for working with. The entrance along Elizabeth Street will have a garden wall planted with vines, and residents will walk through a vestibule lined with a water wall that will allow light to filter through. Ando mentions in the video below that he intends for 152 Elizabeth to be “a sanctuary” from the bustling neighborhood of NoLita.
152 Elizabeth contains just seven condos, three of which hit the market in June. Apartments will measure from 1,900 square feet for the smallest units to more than 5,900 square feet for the penthouse. The interiors are being designed by Michael Gabellini and Kimberly Sheppard, and will match Ando’s vision for a fluid, customizable experience with moveable kitchen islands, removeable walls, and sliding pocket doors in the hallways. Floor-to-ceiling windows will bring in ample natural light, and airport-quality exterior glass will quiet the noise of the neighborhood. The half-floor residences will start at $5.9 million, and the full-floor condos will start at $15 million. Floor plans are available on the 152 Elizabeth website. Pricing information for the penthouse has not yet been released, but The New York Times reports that it will have two floors of living space, a private rooftop deck with a hot tub, an outdoor kitchen, and private terrace with a view of the Empire State Building.
This Nolita residence is situated within walking distance to the Lower East Side, Soho, Little Italy, and Chinatown. While Soho is famous for being home to some of the best shopping in New York, Nolita has incredible boutiques offering one-of-a-kind jewelry, shoes, and other accessories. Little Italy, of course, offers many Italian restaurants and is home to the annual Feast of San Gennaro, the Italian festival that features parades, live music, and plenty of food (happening now through Sept 20). Chinatown is perfect for dining on a budget, as you can find good authentic eats on nearly every corner. For upscale dining experiences and some of the best nightlife in the city, the Lower East Side is just a short jaunt away.
It seems as though 152 Elizabeth developers Sumaida + Khurana have a penchant for world-class architects who have somehow never designed buildings in New York. At the moment, they are also developing a luxury condominium at 611 West 56th Street, designed by Portuguese architect and Pritzker Prize-winner Álvaro Siza, who has never designed in the United States before. Tadao Ando is known for his minimalist designs, primarily found in Asia. He is a self-taught architect and has won the Pritzker Architecture Prize (1995), the Praemium Imperiale (1996), the Carlsberg Architecture Prize (1992) and the Kyoto Prize (2002) . Unlike Siza, he has designed buildings in the United States, including the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. He likes to blend buildings with their existing surroundings, hence his use of concrete for buildings like 152 Elizabeth.
Construction for 152 Elizabeth will be complete by November 2016, and three of the seven units are currently on the market. If you’re interested in calling this downtown sanctuary home, please let me know.