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Interior Design

The fifth annual NYCxDESIGN Awards winners were announced on May 18 in a virtual ceremony hosted by Interior Design and ICFF. 121 East 22nd by INC Architecture & Design and OMA is the winner of the Residential Lobby/Amenity Space.

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The New York Times

Toll Brothers hired the Office of Metropolitan Architecture, or OMA, to design a multifaceted building that reflects both communities and works within zoning and other confines. This is the first ground-up commission in New York for OMA, which was founded by Rem Koolhaas, the Pritzker Prize-winning Dutch architect. (The architect of record is SLCE Architects.)

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Architectural Digest

Inspired by Art Deco architecture and the forms of Cubism, a residential complex in Gramercy with an articulated concrete façade is the architecture firm’s first new-build project in the city.

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Bloomberg

Toll is forming a joint venture with an affiliate of Gemdale Corp., one of China’s largest residential developers, to build 133 luxury condominiums across two towers at 121 E. 22nd St., the companies said in a statement Thursday. The project, one block north of Gramercy Park, has obtained a $237 million construction loan from a syndicate of five banks including Bank of New York Mellon, Capital One and China Merchants Bank New York.

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New York YIMBY

New development is an infrequent occurrence in the East 20s, but from 121 East 22nd Street through to 122 East 23rd Street, Toll Brothers City Living is almost finished on their latest project, designed by the Office of Metropolitan Architecture. Tectonic stopped by the site for an update, and the latest progress shots show that the smaller of the two buildings is almost ready for its opening day.

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The Real Deal

Toll Brothers tapped the Office of Metropolitan Architecture’s New York Office to design its 122 East 23rd Street, a planned 30-story condominium building in Gramercy Park, a representative for the developer told The Real Deal.

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Curbed

Despite having an illustrious career that includes designing Seattle's glassy public library and Milan's lovely new Fondazione Prada, Rem Koolhaas's firm OMA has never done a ground-up building in New York City. The firm has been responsible for renovations and retail designs (more Prada, of course), but never a full building design—until now.

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New York Real Estate Journal

On June 23rd, Toll Brothers City Living and Gemdale Properties and Investments held the topping out of 121 East 22nd St., a 140-residence, full-service residential condominium in Gramercy, designed by architect Shohei Shigematsu of the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), the firm founded by Rem Koolhaas. 121 East 22nd St. is being built by construction firm CM & Associates (CMA).

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Mansion Global

This 18-story development, which launched at the end of February, is the first residential Manhattan project for Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), founded by Rem Koolhaas. The building is designed by partner Shohei Shigematsu, director of OMA New York.

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World Architects

A decade later, after a number of retail and other interiors projects (including the recent Sotheby's renovation), OMA finally completed its first new building on the island of Manhattan, one block east of its failed 23 East 22nd Street. Designed by OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu for developer Toll Brothers City Living, 121 East 22nd Street is actually comprised of two residential towers (the taller north tower on 23rd Street and the shorter south tower on 22nd Street, where the lobby is located) linked by three levels of common spaces that ring a central courtyard, what the architects call "the valley."

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Real Estate Market & Lifestyle

Dirigido por Shohei Shigematsu, socio de OMA New York, y encargado por el desarrollador Toll Brothers City Living, el complejo 121 East 22nd Street está compuesto por dos torres residenciales articuladas en un propiedad con acabado en escuadra.

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6sqft

OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu said of the new addition to the east side, “The dynamic intersection of Gramercy Park and Madison Square is expressed by a three-dimensional, prismatic corner that introduces a new identity to the neighborhood while the façade remains contextual to its neighbors. Collaboratively with Toll Brothers City Living, Gemdale, SLCE and INC. we have conceived a new, dynamic building for the neighborhood that communicates both history and modernity.”

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Wallpaper

Straddling Gramercy and Madison Square – two neighbourhoods with respectively quiet and bustling atmospheres – OMA’s first ground-up complex in New York City wears the duality of its context on its sleeve. Headed by OMA New York’s Shohei Shigematsu and commissioned by developer Toll Brothers City Living, 121 East 22nd Street is composed of two residential towers articulated in an L-shaped site. On the corner of Lexington and East 22nd Street, the North Tower embodies said duality with two facades culminating in one sculptural, prismatic corner.

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Architectural Record

Located at the crossroads of busy city streets and the private residential area anchored by Gramercy Park, the new development “reflects a split-personality,” says Shigematsu, managing to respect the surrounding context while creating a unique and contemporary identity.

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ArchPaper

Rem Koolhaas’s Delirious New York may the architect’s most famous work, but despite decades of practice, his international firm OMA hasn’t designed a newly-built structure in the Big Apple (the firm has designed many interiors and unrealized projects). That’s changing with 121 East 22nd St., a residential project designed by OMA’s New York office and its principal Shohei Shigematsu.

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Dezeen

"We have conceived a new, dynamic building for the neighbourhood that communicates both history and modernity," said OMA's Shohei Shigematsu, who has headed the firm's New York outpost since 2008.

"The design appropriately responds to and harnesses the energy of the city and duality of the site's urban context – the dynamic intersection of Gramercy Park and Madison Square is expressed by a three-dimensional, prismatic corner that introduces a new identity to the neighbourhood," he added.

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Surface Magazine

The L-shaped 121 East 22nd, a new residential building and OMA’s first ground-up project in Manhattan, features an ultra-modern facade with a “prismatic corner” that makes a bold architectural statement while paying homage to historic pre-war buildings nearby.

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Metropolis

121 East 22nd is actually L-shaped: It occupies the corner of 23rd Street and Lexington Avenue and stretches across to 22nd Street, enveloping the School of the Future, an 11-story Gothic Revival structure. Reconciling a modern appearance with the neighborhood’s was no small challenge, but the building’s black precast concrete facade rises to the occasion.

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Design Boom

Once inside, residents are greeted with a funnel-shaped lobby that leads to an enclosed breezeway and central ‘valley’ that connect the two towers. positioned between the two high-rise structures, the valley has been conceived as a ‘calm oasis’ at the heart of the development, centered around residential amenities and balconies. here, the interior façade of the two towers appears as a ribbon of volumetric balconies that present sculptural views of the sky overhead.

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WeChat GBE Architecture Forum

该项目由OMA纽约的Shohei Shigematsu领导并由开发商Toll Brothers City Living委托,旨在尽可能造型独特,同时又向邻近的建筑致敬,并遵守城市的分区法律和高度限制

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The Real Deal

OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu, who heads up the firm’s New York office, was the lead architect on the project, which is marked by a signature twisted, prism-like punch-out at its most high-profile corner.

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Whitewall

“The amenities throughout the building forges a seamless connection from interior to exterior. The façade of the pool opens up to the courtyard to create a zen garden-like moment and a large balcony on the second floor enables activities from the private dining room, game room and children’s room to spill out and enjoy the quiet oasis.”

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Field Condition

Addressing the neighborhood's pre-war architectural context, the façade of the north tower will feature a punched window design that transitions to a faceted northeast corner with glazing that frames views from multiple angles. This faceted corner will echo the faceted design of the smaller tower on East 22nd Street.

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connect new york

Toll Brothers struck gold with its new, residential building in Manhattan. Its 18-story tower, at 121 E. 22nd St. in Manhattan’s Gramercy Park neighborhood, won the “Best on the Board Multifamily Community” prize at the 2017 Gold Nugget Awards, held June 29, 2017 in San Diego.

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citybizlist

Toll Brothers City Living®, the urban development division of Toll Brothers, Inc., (NYSE:TOL), the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes, announces that both Pierhouse and 121 East 22nd Street, two of the company’s projects, have been recognized as the Grand Award recipients of the prestigious 2017 Gold Nugget Award in the categories of Best Mixed-Use Project and Best on the Board Multifamily Community, respectively. Presented by Pacific Coast Builders Conference.PCBC, the award ceremony was held in San Diego on June 29th.

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Curbed

OMA’s first ground-up residential project in New York City has made significant progress since we last checked in this past February, and both buildings that make up condo project have topped out. The shorter of the two towers has also been fitted with most of its angular, black facade. This tower fronts on East 22nd Street, whereas the taller tower looks onto East 23rd Street.

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Archello

121 East 22nd Street is OMA’s first residential complex in Manhattan. The site straddles two separate and distinct neighborhoods: Gramercy Park, a calm oasis formed around a private park and Madison Square, a bustling public space hosting an array activities and commercial programming.

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Curbed

Kitchens at the condo’s 133 units will be fitted with Gaggenau appliances, polished quartz countertops, and most notably acid-etched, black-painted glass cabinetry, which works wonders to prevent fingerprints or stains on the cabinetry (we can attest to this since we tried it!). The primary bathrooms will come with Calacatta Paonazzo marble countertops, tub decks, and be fitted with white oak cabinetry.

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CityRealty

Designed by Rem Koolhaas-founded Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), 121 East 22nd Street will be composed of two connecting buildings (separated by an elevated courtyard) each uniquely responding to the duality of its context. Residences in the southern wing will face the more intimate and consistently-pre-war 22nd Street. Its facade will feature “punched-window” exposures set deep within an undulating structural grid. That building recently topped off its skeleton at 13 floors, as we reported several weeks ago. The larger, northern wing will rise 18-floors from the well-trafficked intersection of East 23rd Street and Lexington Avenue. Given its more dynamic position, the tower will be wrapped with floor-to-ceiling glazing and will be distinguished by a crystalline-like corner running playfully up the building. As of this morning, the frame for that building is approaching the third floor.

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Dezeen

Architect Rem Koolhaas has expressed his excitement at building in Manhattan for the first time, in a movie created to promote his firm OMA's 121 E 22nd residential tower. In the film, the Dutch architect speaks about how important it is to him to be working in the city he has studied and admired for the duration of his career.

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Bisnow

“We are very pleased to team with Gemdale to develop this spectacular luxury condominium project…Its exceptional location within the Gramercy Park neighborhood makes this one of the most appealing buildings in which to live in all of New York City,” Toll Brothers CEO Douglas Yearley said in a statement.

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The Real Deal

Toll Brothers brought on one of China’s largest developers, Gemdale Properties and Investment, to co-develop its luxury condominium project in Gramercy Park, the company announced Friday.

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Metalocus

The "prismatic corner" of building have triangular windows fold up its corner creating a singular residential project with a design unique, a pattern which links with the neighbouring façades, making rhythm, structure and limits adjust to the zoning law.

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BDC Network

The office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) is about to see its very first residential building in New York City come to fruition with 121 East 22nd Street. The 18-story, 133-unit tower is being designed by partner Shohei Shigematsu and will be equipped with luxury amenities and a contemporary aesthetic.

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