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MANHATTAN MAJESTY

Japanese architect Tadao Ando is part of the team behind 152 Elizabeth, a sophisticated new apartment block in Lower Manhattan.

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New York is a concrete wilderness, full of structures in numerous styles that incorporate the durable material in a variety of ways. Pritzker Prize winner Tadao Ando’s first-ever residential project in the city, 152 Elizabeth, in which glass and concrete are elegantly combined, is perfectly suited to its environment.

152 Elizabeth is located in the Manhattan neighbourhood of NoLita (North of Little Italy), and comprises seven apartments, decorated by the Broadway-based studio, Gabellini Sheppard Associates.

Each residence has been designed as a sanctuary for its occupants. This feeling of tranquillity is emphasised by Ando’s signature, and generous, addition of large windows to the building, indicating how much brightness and openness the apartment owners will enjoy. Augmenting this sense of serenity is a living green wall on one side of the building.

PPC Imaginarium

What brings these elements together is Ando’s strategic use of poured-in-place concrete, which gives the building a neat, streamlined quality. Concrete is a material the architect uses constantly, due to its versatility and adaptability to numerous environs. In his discussion of 152 Elizabeth with The New York Times, he explains: "I want to create a space which no one has created before with a very common material which anyone is familiar with and has access to. Concrete can be made anywhere on earth."

152 Elizabeth is a collaborative effort between Ando, Gabellini Sheppard Associates, development firm Sumaida + Khurana, and real estate private equity firm Nahla Capital. Together, they have created a residential wonder.

You don’t have to be a New York onlooker or one of the building’s occupants to view this project. The development team has made a video which showcases 152 Elizabeth through digital renderings of the building’s interior and exterior. You can watch it at www.152elizabethst.com and marvel at this beautiful combination of sleek and sturdy concrete, windows that let in refreshing bursts of light, and a natural aesthetic that brings this building closer to being a literal urban paradise.

Images by the boundary and noë & associates

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