A new addition to the Manhattan skyline is planned that has a brick and limestone facade punctuated by oversized windows and crowned by a series of steel and glass lanterns
The design of The Kent by Beyer Blinder Belle, a planned residential building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in New York, is inspired by the Art Deco silhouettes that can be found along Park Avenue. A contemporary reinterpretation of the neighbourhood’s historic architecture, the classic brick and limestone facade will be punctuated by oversized windows and crowned by a series of steel and glass lanterns. The large-scale windows are designed to maximize views of the city and integrate ample daylight into the interiors. The building will be shaped by a series of graceful setbacks, chamfered corners and careful articulation of the facade that culminates in a decorative metal, glass and masonry crown at the top of the building. The site’s four full exposures and prominent corner location will create a unique design opportunity. Architecturally integrated metal and glass lanterns illuminate the building’s tower and elements of the lantern continue down to the base, modulating the street walls and massing to relate to the neighbouring buildings.
The Kent will be a 30-storey building consisting of 83 luxurious residences. Acclaimed interior design firm Champalimaud, whose celebrated designs grace The Hotel Bel Air and The Waldorf Astoria, have crafted interiors that feature grand living and entertaining spaces, complete with luxe finishes and materials. The two-to-five bedroom homes – a select few with large terraces – range in size from 1,285 to over 5,000 sq ft, boast 10 to 15 ft ceilings, multiple exposures and views of Midtown, Central Park and the East River.
The Kent will offer a full-service lifestyle with three levels of curated indoor and outdoor amenities. Residents will enjoy the beautiful drawing room adjacent to the lobby, featuring a fireplace and marble-top bar. The third floor garden salon will include a billiards table and full catering kitchen all overlooking a beautifully landscaped courtyard designed by internationally acclaimed West8 Landscape Architects. Those looking for health and wellness features will be pleased to discover the heated indoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness centre with men’s and women’s changing rooms and Finnish saunas. A one-of-a-kind amenity offered at The Kent will be The Sound Lounge, designed by Lenny Kravitz’s eponymous Kravitz Design firm. The lounge will be the perfect harmony between a state-of-the-art recreational space and a refined rehearsal studio. Professional quality amplifiers, guitars, drum set, and piano will give residents a rare opportunity to play and practice music in their own building.
To find out more about this project, visit http://thekentnyc.com/