By Daniel J. Bollinger
Nestled on a cobblestone street in Tribeca is 15 Hubert Street—another boutique condo offering from developer Samson Management. Hubert is perfect for those who prefer privacy. This is four buildings fused into one. A former warehouse originally constructed in 1867, the building has been reimagined into a luxury residential condominium by the award-winning architecture and interior design firm CetraRuddy, carefully preserving the rights within the new modern aesthetic of the interiors. This is a rare chance to possess a classic Tribeca loft with wide-open spaces, high ceilings, stretches of exposed brick walls and oversized windows. Only three penthouses remain in this twelve-unit development.
Designed with industrial detailing, it captures the old Tribeca of the past. Starting with the braised metal entrance of the façade, it blends well with the cobblestone street and concrete sidewalk. It is warm and inviting and yet denotes the private and anonymous boutique offering that this development is. The lobby follows suit. This “jewel box” lobby features a distressed steel wall, concrete tile flooring, and a sculptural chandelier. The common areas and entrances to the units follow suit with burnished steel entry doors and surrounds. The hall lighting has industrial-style Bell Jar sconces by Holly Hunt. All of these design details give a sense of the industrial history of Tribeca.
SPACIOUS LOFT LIVING
The duplex penthouses are gorgeous with excellent space and light. The loft-like layouts offer great ‘flow’ of space. All of the rooms are over-sized. The bonus corridors (extra spaces) are larger than 10 by 10 feet, and the foyer is 13 by 12 feet. Perfect for a home office, nursery, or homework desk space. And these are the smallest rooms in the entire residence to give you a sense of space and proportion. Offering ceiling heights of 11 feet in many living areas, master bedrooms, and even bathrooms, this is classic loft-living that Tribeca is famous for. Oversized windows throughout and French doors leading to the large private outdoor spaces allow for massive amounts of light to penetrate these residences. Luxury abounds in the kitchen with all stainless steel appliances from Subzero, Viking, and Miele, a backsplash of a single slab of marble, a pot filler, and a custom-built stainless steel range hood that vents out. All smart wired with NEST technology and radiant floors throughout. Some ceilings even have radiant heating because of the high ceilings and large windows which shows how much attention to quality the sponsors put into this project.
The master bathroom is stunning. With ceiling heights that reach nearly 11 feet it denotes luxury in terms of size alone. With a host of custom finishes, CetraRuddy has outdone itself starting with the floor-to-ceiling Thassos White marble walls. A custom medicine cabinet, trimmed in a beveled nickel finish, is oversized and equal to the length of the integrated sinks. The David Weeks Studio arm wall sconce over the medicine cabinet is unique and works very well. The custom-built, two-toned lacquered vanity is complemented by a hand-cut mosaic accent wall, solid-slab Sugar White marble countertop, and dual under mount Kohler sinks with Dornbracht faucets in polished chrome. A deep soaking tub with a warm gray-figured marble surround is a nice niche factor. The walk-in shower with Dornbracht rainwater showerhead in polished chrome, with an additional wall-mounted hand shower with cross-volume controls, and a Thassos White marble shower bench complete the room.
The secondary bathrooms have floor-to-ceiling ceramic subway tile walls with contrasting pearl gray grout and a seamless Waterworks terrazzo tile floor. These baths keep with the industrial theme by incorporating custom-built satin stainless steel vanities and medicine cabinets from Robern.
LIVING AT ITS BEST
The industrial design details in the kitchen are the real standouts of this project and include custom white oak cabinetry with inset stainless steel accents that flow beautifully into the stainless steel vent. Also, Statuary Extra marble countertop and backsplash, magnetic wall produced of rolled steel, and Retroline Trio pendant light by O’Lampia Studio complete the picture. The powder room which helps define and separate the kitchen and living/dining areas is cast in cement. The cement exterior of this powder room carries the industrial feel of the space. But the ultimate piece-de-resistance of this kitchen is the island featuring a Statuary Extra marble single-slab countertop and custom designed blackened-steel girder legs to support it and stainless steel cabinets underneath. It is as much art as it is functional. It not only denotes luxury with the marble top but beautifully captures ‘industrial’ with the legs and also serves in functionality with the cabinets.
This is a project that CetraRuddy has shown synergy in its design concept from the outside to the inside. It encompasses Tribeca historic design detail from the building facade all the way down to the design features inside these residences. It tells the story of Tribeca with its ingenious design. Nestled on a quiet cobblestone street in an intimate part of Tribeca this project is a value gem and a great location play.