Circa Central Park - 285 W 110

West facade from Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

At the northwest corner of Central Park, construction has made significant progress on the final site surrounding Frederick Douglass Circle, Circa Central Park. Designed by FXFOWLE, the 11-story, 38-unit residential condo building at 285 West 110th Street replaces a former gas station. Developer Artimus Construction has helmed numerous projects in Morningside Heights and the larger Harlem neighborhood, including 5th on the Park and the renovation of the Corn Exchange Building.

Close-up of the glass curtain wall with vertical fins on the south facade.

FXFOWLE's design features a massing that follows the concave curve of the site's southern perimeter and steps down from west to east with cascading private terraces. A faceted glass curtain wall on the southern facade affords ample light and Central Park views while the vertical and horizontal fins mitigate solar heat gain in the units. When viewed from the west, the vertical fins appear orange, while a view from Central Park reveals a green tone on the opposite side. Floor slabs are expressed on the facade with white metal spandrel panels that include thickened c-channel profiles.

Looking up at the west facade. 

South facade.

South facade from Frederick Douglass Circle Plaza.

Southeast corner from West 110th Street.

Close-up of the glass curtain wall with brackets for future vertical and horizontal fins.

On the northern half of the site, the facade shifts to a punch window and brick wall assembly that references the neighboring masonry structures. Two gray tones of brick clad the two main volumes of the northern massing, with a darker blend at the lower volume and a lighter blend at the upper volume on the northwest corner.

Northwest corner from Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

Close-up of the brick facade at the northwest corner.

Residents will have access to a full slate of amenities including: resident's lounge, gym, children's playroom, study room, landscaped courtyard, common roof deck terrace, residential and bike storage, a bike share program, on-site parking, electric car charging stations, and dog washing and grooming stations.

Penthouse view to the south, including Central Park (foreground) and Midtown (background).

Penthouse view to the northwest, including Frederick Douglass Boulevard (foreground), Morningside Park (middle), and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (background).

Northwest corner penthouse view.

Penthouse view to the north, looking along Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

View to the south from an upper residence.

Cascading private terraces on the southern facade.

Terrace view, including Central Park and the Upper West Side.

View of the vertical fins on the south curtain wall.

Looking out onto Frederick Douglass Circle Plaza from a residential unit.

A private terrace on the southeast corner of a lower residential unit.

View from a private terrace on the southeast corner of a lower residential unit.

Curtain wall installation underway on the south facade.

An installer guides a curtain wall panel into place on the south facade.

Looking out onto Central Park and Frederick Douglass Circle Plaza from the residential lobby.

A view of the future courtyard and tower from the double height lobby.

Looking down on the future central courtyard.

Architect: FXFOWLE; Developer: Artimus Construction; Program: Residential; Location: Morningside Heights, New York, NY; Completion: 2017.