All too often, new buildings are plopped down in the middle of the city with little regard for their location or context. When this happens on a recurring basis […]
All too often, new buildings are plopped down in the middle of the city with little regard for their location or context. When this happens on a recurring basis, cities around the world all start to become indistinguishable from one another. But when a building really considers its time, place and context, there is a uniqueness that buyers and residences truly value.
The following buildings have made concerted efforts to incorporate their context not only in their exterior architecture but also in the amenities they offer. With the diversity of New York City neighborhoods, there is a lot of material to draw on.
180 East 88th Street
Credit: March Made for DDG
Situated in the Upper East Side’s coveted Carnegie Hill neighborhood, 180 East 88th Street is a striking condominium being developed and designed by national real estate developer DDG. Residents have access to an extensive selection of amenities but one that stands out in terms of respecting its location is their interactive children’s playroom designed in partnership with the Children’s Museum of the Arts. The light-filled room features plenty of space to run, draw, and play, and best, a slide. DDG was inspired by the building’s proximity to and magnificent views of Central Park for the design of the playroom. The developers collaborated with several artists that commonly work with the American Museum of Natural History to create a one-of-a-kind diorama that will be housed in the children’s playroom when the building is complete. Specifically designed to showcase the building’s stunning Central Park views in an unconventional and experiential way, the extraordinary mural depicts a unique, tree-top vista of Central Park that includes the City’s iconic skyline and continues onto the adjacent walls with a unique LEGO installation.