By far one of the most anticipated events of the summer, among people who care about such things, is the market debut of 1280 Fifth Avenue. The 115-unit condo development on top of the brand new Museum for African Art is expected to be a blockbuster thanks to its big-name architect (Robert A.M. Stern) and Fifth Avenue location, and the nebulous neighborhood identity (Upper East Side? Harlem?) only adds to the intrigue of how the 19-story tower will be priced. The facade is finally taking shape and the first listings will hit the market soon, but we've got an early treat: A look at some interior apartment renderings, as well as the lobby. They come from Andre Kikoski Architect, the Manhattan-based firm that's handling the interiors (Kikoski recently won acclaim for the Guggenheim Museum's new restaurant, The Wright). Check out the images in the gallery above, then put on your designer's cap and dive into this explanation of the design:
Kikoski's design solution for the interiors of this nineteen-story, 165,000 square-foot building (by Robert A.M. Stern) references the mood and atmosphere of the great urban park across the street. The unified palette of natural, replenishable materials for the apartment interiors includes teak wood and limestone, abalone shell tile and American black walnut, Venetian glass and cypress wood, all exemplary for their elegant visual presence.Those teak kitchens are doing it for us. Agree?
In the lobby, natural geometries inspired sculptural elements like the curved ceiling, while richly grained laurel wood and pitted bronze allow nature to define the character and texture of the surfaces. A site-specific artwork by acclaimed artist Amanda Weil graces the entryway—a photograph of a slab of richly mottled alabaster transformed into a thirty foot-long floor-to-ceiling glowing contemporary installation.
Evocative, innovative materials with discreet natural references are also used in the fully-appointed amenity spaces for residents, as well as in 1280’s four model apartments. Each of these luxurious showcase residences was designed by Kikoski, partnering with venerable French firm Ligne Roset, to take its theme from one of the four distinct seasons of the Central Park landscape occupying the expansive views to the south and west.
· 1280 5th Ave / Museum For African Art [Andre Kikoski Architect]
· 1280 Fifth [Official Site]
· 1280 Fifth Avenue coverage [Curbed]