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Interiors Residential Tower at Museum for African Art, New York City, United States 
Monday 31 May 2010
 
New view of 4 seasons 
 
courtesy Andre Kikoski Architect 
 
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Organic textures inspire Kikoski's interior design at Residential Tower above Museum for African Art 

A new residential tower located in Harlem on 5th Avenue at the north end of New York’s famous “Museum Mile” is taking shape. Designed by Robert A. M. Stern, the 19-storey tower houses the Museum of African Art on the lower floors with 116 condominiums above with interiors designed by architect Andre Kikoski. Kikoski is perhaps best known for his design of The Wright, a new restaurant at the Guggenheim Museum, which recently won the 2010 James Beard Award for the best restaurant design in North America.

In designing the interiors of the apartments, Kikoski took inspiration from the organic texture of Frederick Law Olmstead’s Harlem Meer, situated outside the tower’s front door. “Our work is an abstraction of those enchanting and elegant qualities, reinterpreted in a contemporary idiom”, Kikoski said.

Kikoski’s design references the mood and atmosphere of this great urban park in its tones and textures. . The apartments feature a unified palette of natural materials including teak wood, limestone, abalone shell tile, African black walnut, Venetian glass and cypress wood. In the lobby, natural geometries inspired sculptural elements such as a curved ceiling, while richly grained laurel wood and pitted bronze allow nature to define the character and textures of the surfaces. A site-specific artwork by acclaimed artist Amanda Weil graces the entryway – a photograph of a slab of richly mottled alabaster transformed into a 30-foot-long floor-to-ceiling glowing contemporary installation.

The residences, which are furnished with pieces by Ligne Roset, take their theme from the four seasons of the Central Park landscape, occupying expansive views to the south and west.

Sharon McHugh
US Correspondent

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