Starchitect David Adjaye Unveils Designs for First Manhattan Condo

Designs were unveiled Thursday for the first luxury Manhattan condominium by the newly knighted Ghanaian-British architect, Sir David Adjaye, who is behind several architectural masterpieces around the world.

The 800-foot 66-story tower on William Street in Manhattan’s Financial District, will feature a hand-cast textured concrete facade accentuated by smooth bronze detailing and arched windows, once prevalent in the area’s lofts, according to a news release.

“I was inspired to craft a building that turns away from the commercial feel of glass and that instead celebrates New York’s heritage of masonry architecture with a distinctive presence in Manhattan’s skyline,” Mr. Adjaye said in the news release.
His London-based firm, Adjaye Associates, is responsible for many historic and cultural institutes, including the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo, as well as National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in London.

The Financial District, among the top hubs of the world’s financial industry, is ranked by Knight Frank as one of the hottest neighborhoods for prime residences in 2018.

“The design for 130 William simultaneously embraces the architectural legacy of Manhattan’s downtown neighborhood, while offering luxury condominium residences that discerning buyers will find is unlike anything on the market,” said Mitchell Hochberg, president of Lightstone Group, the tower’s developer.

The building will have a public plaza park, a health club with full spa, swimming pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center with a yoga studio and basketball court, a private IMAX movie theater, golf simulator, resident lounge, children’s playroom, as well as a private rooftop observatory deck.

The 244-residence building is currently under construction and slated for completion in 2020. Sales are scheduled to launch in Spring 2018.

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