Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando’s first New York City condo has topped out. The so-called jewel box at 152 Elizabeth Street will hold a mere seven condos when construction wraps up in late 2017, each of which will reflect Ando’s simple and quiet design aesthetic with poured in place concrete walls, Dinesen wood floors with butterfly joints made from 250-year-old wood, and Biano Sivec marble bathrooms.
“Everything is a bit of a contrasting notion," Michael Gabellini of the project’s interior design firm, Gabellini Sheppard, told Curbed after a tour of the building’s tucked-away Nolita sales gallery. "For Ando, the natural environment is the urban environment." The natural world will appear at the concrete and galvanized steel building by way of a tranquil water feature in the lobby and a 99-foot by 55-foot green wall—the largest in the city—on the building’s southern exposure.
Just three apartments in the building along Kenmare Street are listed now, one of which is the in-contract $15.2 million full-floor apartment which may break a neighborhood record when the sale closes. The other two apartments listed are a two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom asking $5.75 million and a four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom asking $14.8 million.