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The Powerhouse, New York, United States

Sunday 28 Sep 2008

From Powerhouse to luxe house

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Karl Fischer transforms a power station into luxury residences 

Melding raw industrial chic, contemporary styling and extraordinary amenities Karl Fischer Architects, based in Montreal and New York City, with internationally renowned designer Andres Escobar, have transformed a turn of the century Pennsylvania Railroad power plant in Long Island City, Queens into a luxury condominium building on the East River.

The signature towers are gone but the industrial frame and tall arched windows of the 1906 McKim Mead and White designed power station have been retained in a new, modernist rework that includes a four storey addition. The building houses 177 units, including studios, one, two and three bedroom homes, with pricing beginning at $450K.

Escobar’s spare yet modern interiors feature a spacious lobby with polished concrete floors with white-glass panel, natural wood and brick walls. The residences are furnished with luxury baths and radiant kitchens of quartz and stainless steel. The building amenities include a full service spa; fitness center, screening room, business center and a child’s play area.

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