Tadao Ando’s Nolita condo at 152 Elizabeth Street was designed with simplicity, utility, and comfort in mind; and nowhere is the building’s philosophy more apparent than in its new model apartment. The perfectly-finished 3E is a 2,011-square-foot two-bedroom, two and a half bathroom condo in the building’s mid-block portion, off of the glass corner that garnered the development its “jewel box” nickname.
The model apartment includes interiors designed by the building’s architect of record, Michael Gabellini of Gabellini Sheppard Associates, as well as furniture by DDC, accessories by Atelier Courbet and artwork by Yossi Milo Gallery. The result is an apartment of subdued luxury, where craftsmanship shines.
Custom cabinetry in the kitchen is made of a sustainable Eucalyptus wood. A centerpiece island is topped in a honed Fango marble slab countertop that slides back to reveal the sink in a custom design by Milan-based firm Minimal.
The wood flooring throughout the apartments is produced by Danish company Dinesen and is sourced from the Royal Danish Navy Forests, a continuously regenerated forest originally used as a source for shipbuilding. If you look closely, you’ll notice small butterfly joints joining the wood.
Developer Sumaida + Khurana, in partnership with Nahla Capital, tapped Ando for his capabilities as a master builder. (To that end, the developer is also coupling with Pritzker-winning architect Àlvaro Siza, and Gabellini once again, on a West 56th Street condo.)
Gabellini says he and Ando had an “open, generous collaboration about how eastern and western philosophy inform each other and find common ground and balance.” The concrete and galvanized steel building will also become home to a 99 foot by 55 foot green wall on the building’s southern exposure. (It was previously poised to be the city’s largest, but a design change has removed that distinction.)
The model apartment, asking $6.1 million, is already in contract. The building’s lauded three-story triplex penthouse is due to hit the market this spring for an undisclosed sum.