I was recently given a tour of One Vandam, the 14-story, 25-unit residential condo under construction at the boundary between the SoHo and Hudson Square neighborhoods. The views of Lower Manhattan and Midtown from the roof decks of the penthouse units are spectacular. Landmarks, such as the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center site feature prominently. Also visible are the multitude of other luxury towers currently under construction, like 56 Leonard and 30 Park Place. There are three penthouses, two of which, Penthouse A and B, are duplex units with a rooftop terrace above. Penthouse A occupies roughly two-thirds of floors 12 and 13, with four bedrooms, five bathrooms, two expansive terraces and a rooftop living room and terrace above with views south to Lower Manhattan. The smaller Penthouse B occupies the northern third of floors 12 and 13, with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a rooftop terrace above with views to Midtown. Penthouse C, with five bedrooms and four baths, is the only full floor residence in the building, occupying all of floor 11.
Facade installation on both the primary facade along the Avenue of the Americas and the rear yard have passed the half way mark. The BKSK Architects designed tower features a curtain wall facade comprised of three elements: metal, glass, and limestone panels from a quarry in Alabama. A randomized pattern is created by three unit types: glass, limestone panels on the exterior, and a back-pan limestone panel that sits behind the glass. The rear facade foregoes a cheaper facade for a continuation of the primary limestone facade, a surprising revelation from the tour.
When finished, the building will also feature a 6,400 square foot landscaped outdoor residents' terrace on floor 2, designed by Mathews Nielsen. Nielsen has been the designer for other local parks including the Hudson River State Park and the Lincoln Center Plaza. The design features over 50 varieties of native and seasonally distinctive perennials, trees, and ground cover. A lounge on floor 2 will look out onto the garden from three sides and features a large screen tv and catering kitchen. A fitness center and fitness studio is also located on the northern half of the second floor.
Architects: BKSK Architects, Studio DB; Developers: Quinlan Development Group, Tavros Development Partners; Program: Residential; Location: SoHo, New York, NY; Completion: 2015.