Drapery at Downtown Condo

We are very excited to share you with one of our recent drapery installation that was featured in the New York Times Real Estate Section back in September 2017. To read and learn more click on the following link or see below: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/14/realestate/a-downtown-skyscraper-with-yachtlike-interiors.html

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At 125 Greenwich Street, a new skyscraper rising in Manhattan’s Financial District, Bizzi & Partners Development is turning the typical condominium model on its head.

The amenity spaces, often placed on a building’s lower levels, are instead at the very top of the 912-foot-tall structure, on floors 86 through 88. And while developers tend to put larger apartments on higher floors, this building reserves room for studios on upper levels. In fact, there are no studio apartments below the 61st floor. Rather than impressing with wide-open spaces, many of the apartments are on the smaller side, starting at just 418 square feet.

“With all the amenities at the top of the building, everyone has an opportunity to live at the top – not only that one special buyer,” said Marc Palermo, a senior vice president at Douglas Elliman Development Marketing, which is handling sales and marketing for the building.

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On a tour of the sales gallery on the 84th floor of One World Trade Center, which has views similar to those from the top of 125 Greenwich Street, he noted: “You’re doing laps in your pool at this height. You’re sitting in the sauna getting a massage at this height.”

The 273-unit building is designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, which is becoming a firm of choice for soaring, slender condominiums in New York, after designing both 432 Park Avenue and 277 Fifth Avenue.

Indeed, the developer’s admiration for the toothpick-thin 1,396-foot-tall condominium at 432 Park played a role in the architect’s selection.

“Viñoly had already done one tower in midtown Manhattan that we liked a lot,” said Giovanni Castellaneta, the chairman of Bizzi & Partners. With plans to build at a similar scale, he noted, “We chose Viñoly because we thought he was the best in the market for this kind of building.”

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Mr. Viñoly’s design is a tower with curved glass corners supported by a central core that the architect described as “a double I-beam” standing on end.

“It’s more like a column than a block,” he said. “The whole intent was to try to make it appear as something more omnidirectional than just fronting the north, east, south and west.”

Those curved corners open up sightlines along diagonals, including toward the nearby National September 11 Memorial & Museum, he said, while also making the building more aerodynamic for stability in high winds.

The tower is broken up by two bands with smaller footprints on floors 16 and 17, and 57 through 60, which are illuminated at night. The 16th floor houses a full-floor unit with private terrace and the other floors house mechanical equipment.

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The apartments and common areas are designed by March & White, a design firm with experience working on the interiors of superyachts and London private members clubs.

“We used our background in designing superyachts, and applied our learning of how you design small spaces to the interior of the smaller units here,” said Elliot March, who runs the firm with James White.

Details include kitchen cabinet doors that slide out of the way when open, concealed appliances and closets that come fully built out with shelves, drawers and hang rods.

“We were looking at making almost jewel-like objects,” Mr. March said, with exquisite materials and details. Chevron patterned oak floors are bordered by inset metal, he noted, and kitchens are punctuated by a wrap of one of three exotic marbles, depending on a buyer’s chosen palette.

The amenity spaces, which include a 50-foot-long lap pool, spa, fitness center, yoga studio, media room and dining and conference room, aim for a convivial atmosphere.

“We brought our members club experience to those top three floors,” Mr. March said. “The interior is quite dark, a little mysterious, but comfortable and warm.”

Sales begin later month, with studios starting at 418 square feet and $1.2 million, one-bedrooms starting at 752 square feet and $1.775 million, two-bedrooms starting at 1,268 square feet and $3.225 million, and three-bedrooms starting at 1,932 square feet and $4.625 million.

The building’s foundation was recently completed, and move-ins are expected to begin in September 2019. The real estate development company Shvo, once a highly visible partner on the project, is no longer involved in the development of the building, said Steven Della Salla, the managing principal of Bizzi & Partners.

He declined to go into details, but Shvo disappeared from marketing efforts after its chief executive, Michael Shvo, was indicted last September for tax fraud related to the purchase of art, furniture, jewelry and a Ferrari 458 Spider.

A version of this article appears in print on September 17, 2017, on Page RE12 of the New York edition with the headline: A Downtown Skyscraper With Yachtlike Interiors. 

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