Interview: Deborah Berke

10 Feb 2014

“Our interiors enhance all that is enhanceable, embraceable and beautiful about life”

Last month WAN released an exclusive video interview with CEO of WSP Cantor Seinuk Silvian Marcus detailing the engineering behind New York’s tallest residential skyscraper, 432 Park Avenue. This week, it’s the turn of Deborah Berke of Deborah Berke Partners to take centre stage as she gives the lowdown on the interior design of this exceptional new tower currently under construction.

Located a stone’s throw from the legendary Four Seasons hotel on Park Avenue, this slender giant was inspired by the regulating qualities of the Manhattan city grid.

As such, 432 Park Avenue enjoys a perfectly square floor plan with 10ft by 10ft windows punctuating its exterior to enable panoramic views from most points within the building. Unobstructed by interior columns, the 104 residences are bright and airy, bathed in natural light.

Berke details: “The layout of each 432 Park Avenue residence recalls the grandeur and elegance of Park Avenue’s pre-war apartments, yet simultaneously establishes the paradigm for 21st century sophistication.”

At 1,396ft and 96-storeys high, 432 Park Avenue will offer its residents some of the most exceptional views in New York and the design by Rafael Vinoly and WSP has ensured that optimum sightlines are afforded and maximum natural light infiltrates the interior spaces.

“Our interiors here embrace New York,” explains Berke in the interview footage. “When you talk about organising a room such that when you enter it you’re on axis with this perfect square window that is both modern and classical at the same time; that is how you should enter a room, always in line with the view.”

She continues: “One of my favourite moments in the kitchen is the very long counter of solid marble framed against the window…it has the exquisite marble graining running through it. You see that against the New York City skyline; it’s easy for me to imagine having a few friends over for cocktails, having a big dinner party, having celebratory events or quiet events that are just families being together.

“Our interiors enhance all that is enhanceable, embraceable and beautiful about life.”

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