By AP Connolly
Designed by DDG and inspired by the boom in high-rise masonry construction in New York in the early 20th century, 180 East 88th Street pays homage to the lost art of traditional craftsmanship. It features iconic arches and a striking hand-laid brick façade made of nearly 600,000 handmade bricks by Denmark’s master brickworks Petersen Tegl. These bricks, which include the elegant, elongated Kolumba style, possess unique texture and color palette that reflect their handmade quality.
The building’s corners feature intricate detail and craftsmanship, with a dense horizontal feather pattern that softens the edges of the elevations from the bottom to the top. The bronze-colored accents on each window frame will complement the private gated entrance.
It’s just as beautiful inside: wood flooring, imported from Austria, is used throughout the residences. The striking lobby has been designed with vaulted plaster ceilings with architectural concrete walls, silver Travertine floor inlaid with Austrian white oak and an elegant fireplace.
The 50-story property will feature 47 graciously appointed private residences ranging from lofts to five-bedrooms, entire floor and duplex units, and a gracious triplex penthouse. Ceiling heights stretch up to 14’-2” and 28’-8” in duplexes, making room for immense 9’ tall tilt-turn windows. Unique design accents found throughout each home include classic picture rails, baseboard reveals, and a formal entry gallery appointed with herringbone flooring, custom wainscoting, and plaster ceiling details.
Molteni & C Dada’s custom kitchens for DDG feature luxury finishes, including honed Italian Statuario marble slab countertops, white lacquer cabinetry, and kitchen islands with stone and white oak island fronts. Additionally, best-in-class appliances include Gaggenau refrigerators, wall ovens, cooktops, dishwashers, and wine coolers to concealed Best range hoods, covered in custom decorative brass hoods. Master bathrooms are lavishly outfitted with honed Bianco Grigio stone countertop vanities, WETSTYLE free-standing tubs, Duravit sinks, and fixtures by Fantini. Secondary baths include Villeroy & Boch sinks with Fantini fixtures in natural brass and Duravit tubs.
One of the most exciting features about 180 East 88th Street is its extensive selection of amenities, unprecedented on the Upper East Side and for residential buildings of this intimate scale. The remarkable spaces have just opened and are designed by Hadas Dembo of Mise en Scene Design, who also designed a collection of stunning model residences throughout the building. Spanning eight floors, the amenities include a half-court indoor basketball court and partial indoor soccer pitch, wine room, game room, fitness center, yoga studio, residents’ lounge, and an imaginative children’s playroom. The elegant spaces are as thoughtful and elegant as the distinguished homes. 180 East 88th Street has been developed by DDG in partnership with Global Holdings. Info: Pricing begins at $1,295,000
For more information on 180 East 88th Street, visit 180e88.com