Fred Schwartz’s Harlem project derives its inspiration from Africa
Located in the quickly gentrifying neighborhood of Harlem New York, the Kalahari Condominium Project, designed by Fred Schwartz with GF55 as executive architect and Jack Travis as cultural design consultant, is a new upscale residential complex that pays tribute to the Harlem of old and to African cultural in its name and styling.
The 475,000 12-storey complex, which is named after the Kalahari Desert, will house a 50:50 ratio of 120 affordable and 120 market rate family sized units, an African American Film Center, Street Squash (a community facility), a restaurant and commercial space. The interiors of the units will be upscale and modern while the public facades of the building and its private courtyards will derive their inspiration from the rich decorative traditions of Africa.
The building, which is a candidate for LEED certification, is expected to cost $119 million dollar. The project is set to open in December 2007.
WAN US Correspondent
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