Long Island City
Square Feet: 1,200,000
Apartment Units: 900
River East is a 1.2 million square foot mixed use complex that will rise from the ground-up on the riverfront of Long Island City. PPA was charged as Architect and has obtained building permits. In collaboration with Walker Group, the team prepared the master planning and architectural design for the six-acre, high visibility location. The solution is a contemporary design that brings a new level of sophistication to this burgeoning waterfront neighborhood.
River East features two 28-story glass condominium towers and four eight-story buildings. The low-rise buildings contain 14 townhouses and lofts, and 20,000 square feet of retail space. Additionally, there are 2-acres of open space, underground parking and a full public waterfront esplanade designed by noted landscape architect, Ken Smith.
The glass and stone towers are situated near the waterfront and their massing evokes some of Manhattan’s grand apartment buildings. One of the signature elements of the towers is cutaways at the corners that create balconies and terraces that capture the spectacular riverfront views. Additionally, the townhouses with stoops and private gardens were designed to harmonize with the enclave of landmark townhouses on the neighboring blocks.
Three “ivy billboards” designed by Ken Smith create a vertical landscape evoking the more prosaic billboards for which Long Island City is known.
Both the indoor and outdoor public spaces of River East set new standards for New York City amenities. The generous outdoor dining, relaxation, poolside and recreation spaces all overlook the park and river. The largest outdoor area, situated on one of the low-rise roofs includes a tennis court, volleyball court, miniature golf and private gardens. A 10,000 square foot gym with indoor and outdoor pools, a café and a 200-person dining facility roundout River East’s superior amenities.
219 East 44th Street, New York
Square Feet: 132,000
Guest Rooms: 230
Completion Date Hotel: July 2016
Completion Condominiums: November 2016
EVEN Hotels is a brand concept created by InterContinental Hotels Group in 2012 to create a hotel that meets travelers’ holistic wellness needs. That year PPA was commissioned to design their New York Flagship, a 35-story hotel and residential condominium tower in the Grand Central/ United Nations neighborhood of Manhattan’s East Side.
For prominence due a flagship, PPA created a svelte tower setback from the street clad with silvery metal panels articulated with rectangular outset windows boxes and guest room bays. Crowning the top is a glass box built of window and curtain wall encasing the residential condominiums
The offset hotel entry is literally and duly flagged with welcoming banners set above a large glass entry marquee. Above the marquee among the flags is a full width, south facing terrace, an extension of the second floor hotel bar and food area. These two are fully open to each other with a twelve foot folding glass wall. Social activity will be maximized.
The arcade storefront is finished with narrow horizontal metal slat. This nice street element is consistent with the EVEN hotel brand emphasis on human scale, wellness and health
337 East 62nd Street, New York
Square Feet: 33,611
Completion Date: 2015
PPA was commissioned to design a 7-story residential building in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The building was conceived as a full service, boutique condominium located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The building consists of exclusive homes, many with private outdoor space. Residences feature over-sized windows, custom Poggenpohl kitchens with Miele appliances, and luxuriously appointed baths.
Amenities include 24 hour doorman/ concierge, a fabulous landscaped common roof deck complete with an outdoor kitchen and shower, as well as a bike room and storage. Additional features of this new development include: Bike room, landscaped roof top deck, and storage.
30 Cattano Avenue, Morristown, NJ
Square Feet: 135,000 sf
Apartment Units: 149
Completion Date: September, 2002
PPA was hired by the developer Granite Morristown to be the executive architect on this 149- unit apartment complex built in downtown Morristown, New Jersey. The scope of work for PPA included schematic design, design development, working drawings, and construction administration for this 135,000 s.f. project, which encompasses three building sections and an English botanical garden in between.
2132 Second Avenue, New York
The Crown Condominium, a 9 story brick building and is located on the South East corner of 110th Street and Second Avenue. Peter Poon Architects was commissioned to design a mixed-use apartment building with commercial use on the 1st floor, and residential above. The site accommodated a future access elevator for the future Second Avenue Subway Line. The building is designed to Quality Housing regulations.
The apartments boast open style kitchens with granite countertops, maple wood cabinets, and stainless steel GE Profile appliances. Other features include oversized double paned insulated windows, beautiful hardwood floors throughout, separately controlled central air conditioning and heating units.
The building features a full-time resident super, video security intercom system, in building laundry, community courtyard, and availability of additional storage space. The developer occupies a 2,600 s.f. penthouse at the top of the building.
156 Hester Street / 106 Mott Street
Square Feet: 114,000 sf
Apartment Units: 61
Completion Date: June, 2006
PPA was commissioned in 2001 by Welcome Inc. to design a mixed-use residential / commercial condominium project located in the special Little Italy District in downtown Manhattan. The project envisioned the development of 61 apartment units, ground level commercial space, and two levels of underground parking.
As completed, the brick- and - glass boutique condo blends in nicely with Lower Manhattan's mix of pre-war architecture and modern buildings. Located on Hester Street, this new construction condominium enjoys an address at the intersection of two of Downtown Manhattan's most vibrant neighborhoods: Chinatown and Little Italy.
Sleek and modern design characterizes Hester Gardens' apartments. Inviting and spacious, it features high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that drench each room in sunlight. Additionally, it showcase open layouts and efficient use of space. Open kitchens feature stylish cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and polished granite countertops; and master bathrooms offer luxurious details, from Carrara marble cladding to vanities and soaking tubs. Some homes also have the uncommon benefit of private balconies, which overlook the Hester Gardens' private, landscaped courtyard and garden.
60-70 Woodhaven Blvd, Elmhurst
Square Feet: 72,860 sf
Apartment Unit: 46
Completion Date: December, 2005
PPA was commissioned by Woodhaven Towers LLC to design a 7-story mixed use building in the Woodhaven section of Queens, New York. The 72,860 s.f. building has 46 apartments (two of which are duplex penthouse units), community facility use, and 2-stories of underground parking.
The Woodhaven Tower is an elevator building conveniently close to Queens Center Mall, Queens Plaza Mall, Rego Park Center Mall, Banks, Restaurants, eateries, banks, Subways M, R Trains, Major thoroughfares right off of the Long Island Expressway, Brooklyn Queens Expressway, Grand Central Parkway, nearby local airports and so much more.
Completion Date: September, 1997
PPA was commissioned to design the renovation of a 5-story townhouse located in the Upper West Side historic district in Manhattan. The scope of work includes the gut rehabilitation of all five floors of the existing building, converting the existing 5-family residence into a single family residence. Existing woodwork and moldings were cleaned and restored, and a new library with custom molding was created within a former apartment. A central skylight, raising through the main space over the restored stairs, unites the five floors vertically together.