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BIG's New Project Wants To Bring Fancy Amenities to Harlem

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Architecture's wunderkind Bjarke Ingels is at it again, this time with the 11-story, 233-apartment mixed-use building he's designing for the site of a parking lot on East 126th Street. TRD reports that Bjarke Ingels Group filed a permit application today for the roughly 235,000-square-foot structure. Perhaps the most alluring part about the project between Lexignton and Third avenues so far is the amenities listed on the Schedule A, which include a virtual reality room, pool, golf simulator, and bar. The permit application also specifies that the building will have ground-floor retail with apartments on floors four through 11, as well as more common amenities like a gym, yoga room, and parking.
The firm was tapped to design the building in December 2013 by Blumenfeld Developer Group. At the time, the Post speculated that the design may include a fair amount of cantilevering because of the building's proximity to the developer's neighboring lowrise, Gotham Plaza. Although BIG has yet to debut the look of the new building, wouldn't it betray the covenant the firm has with the architectural gods if it's more than reasonably less-flashy than the 57th Street pyramid?
· Bjarke Ingels moves ahead with Harlem resi project [TRD]
· 57th St. Pyramid Designer Tapped For 200 Units in Harlem [Curbed]