This stunning New York apartment building used to be a parking lot
In Manhattan, where space is at a premium, new construction in the city’s most sought-after neighborhoods usually isn’t an option. So when a Greenwich Village parking garage became available, developers DHA Capital and Continental Properties tasked the architecture and design firm CetraRuddy with turning the structure into a luxury apartment building. The building’s eight residences include one-half-floor home, four full-floor homes, two duplexes, and one triplex. Interestingly, given its parking garage past, the building will be the first in Manhattan to have a robotic parking system that enables resident to retrieve their car via smartphone in a minute.
“It’s like an old fashioned loft, but modernized,” Nancy Ruddy of CetraRuddy says of the 4,800-square-foot full-floor model residence, which will be listed for $12.25 million. (All artwork featured in the residence is by Rick Klauber.)
The den area can be closed off from the open-concept kitchen and dining area with sliding doors for a little more quiet and privacy. Clear glass maintains the airy feel, though. “I think people really want to be connected,” Ruddy says.
The custom walnut cabinets with smoked glass nickel accents were made in Italy, and the countertops are Concordia. There’s also an Ilve stove and a wine fridge that holds over 200 bottles.
“One of the challenges of working with an existing building is the beams,” Ruddy says. “We found beams in places we didn’t want them.” In the master bedroom they dealt with this by adding another beam to create symmetry, plus cove lighting.
A Waterworks tub takes center stage in the master bathroom. “It’s like a piece of sculpture,” Ruddy says. The shower and toilet rooms are behind frosted sliding glass doors.
Envisioned as bedroom for twin girls, there are miniature versions of the chairs at Bergdorf Goodman’s restaurant. “We put a lot of thought into how a family would live,” Ruddy says.
In this bedroom, they worked around an inconvenient existing column to create a desk area. Each of the apartment’s four bedrooms has an en suite bathroom.