128 E 28

how to create a modern AESTHETIC that respects the context

Kips Bay, New York City, NY 10026    Completion: Under Construction    Size: 28,000 SF   Type: New 8 Stories Mixed Use



128E128 is an 8 stories building that occupies a challenging mixed zoning lot, classified as contextual, but not landmarked, the building is also one of the several that TRA studio designed for the small infill sites still available in New York City. These lots pose unique zoning challenges that make the projects at first unfeasible, TRA’s expertise with the City’s zoning regulations optimizes the site’s potential, creating maximum value within beautiful envelopes. The massing exploits the zoning to its full potential, creating a base that fits into the rich legacy of the surrounding structures, referencing the scale and dignified materiality of the Park Avenue buildings.

The building steps above the sixth floor, allowing for a shared terrace and expressing the duplex penthouse to feel truly like a private separate structure above.

Also similarly to other TRA’s projects it is located between a very established historic area, Park Avenue, and fringe blocks populated by varied typologies, including small tenement buildings.

The design naturally gravitates towards the large massive loft buildings towards the West, the sinuous steel clad pilasters recalling the masonry and stone pillars of the historic structures. The pilasters do not however connect to the ground; the upper building gracefully floats above the commercial space, increasing the  visibility and scale of the two-level,  sky lighted retail space. They recall the heroic classic modernist’s buildings of the 60’s and 70’s, where the street effortlessly slides under the building.

 The unitized curtain wall, built entirely in Italy, is articulated as to create an inhabitable thick skin, that includes bay windows, window seats and  vent less fireplaces. The curtain-wall is composed by three-dimensional sculpted bay-windows that provide a textural facade and surprising internal views. The rear façade makes the most of zoning opportunities, with long balconies that shield the interior of the environmentally conscious development.

The design of the interior spaces, also by TRA, is as minimal and full of light as the trademark façade, the materials include large slabs of lava stone in the lobby, custom wide width plank wood flooring throughout,  terrazzo in the kitchen, large format porcelain tiles from Spain in the bathrooms, mat glass kitchen cabinets and custom closets from Poliform. Three sympathetic but distinct kits of finishes are assigned to the different apartments, adding to the sense of individuality. 

TRA studio developed, in collaboration with the client’s Advisor, Robert Morrison from Douglas Elliman, the development’s marketing concept, which describes the interiors as inspired by the desire to augment the performance of the living experience: the lobby includes full size individual closets for the virtual doorman, the units include hearth fireplaces and fully equipped “performance kitchen”,  the penthouses having both convection and gas appliances and a hearth oven and an automated rotating closet.


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by Reid Wilson April 21st, 2017

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