Last week I took an exclusive tour of HFZ Capital Group's rental to condo conversion at 88 and 90 Lexington Avenue, in the NoMad neighborhood. This two-building project consists of a 19-story pre-war building from 1927 and shorter, 13-story tower from 1958, both of which served as offices for Blue Cross and Blue Shield originally. Workshop/APD has overseen the design of the project, which includes the interior renovation of the pre-war tower at 88 Lexington and a complete overhaul of the interior and exterior of the 1958 tower at 90 Lexington.
While the Art Deco limestone façade of 88 Lexington has been preserved, the bland façade of 90 Lexington has been removed and replaced with a glass and stone curtain wall that unifies the development by referencing the material and window heights of its neighbor.
Residents have a panoramic view of the NoMad neighborhood and beyond. Visible landmarks include the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, along with new icons like One World Trade Center and 400 Park Avenue South.
Workshop/APD have designed and staged model units in 88 Lexington that showcase the renovation, with open plan living areas and high ceilings left over from the building's past life as an office building. Large windows, newly replaced, allow for well lit rooms throughout.
A second model unit from Workshop/APD has been designed with a more muted, modern pallet.
Work is ongoing inside the units at 90 Lexington, where the new stone and glass façade creates a unique residential experience from the adjacent tower. These units will provide expansive views from near floor-to-ceiling windows, giving the spaces a contemporary feel.
Residents of both towers will have access to over 8,000 square feet of amenities including lobby, screening room, residents' lounge, gym and locker rooms, children's play room, and 60-foot swimming pool.
Architect: Workshop/APD; Developer: HFZ Capital Group; Sales and Marketing: Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group; Program: Residential, Retail; Location: NoMad, New York, NY; Completion: 2016.