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March 19th, 2007, 10:05 AM
25 Bond Unveiled

curbed (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2007/03/19/25_bond_unveiled.php)
March 19, 2007
by ROK88


After months of hiding behind a big white shroud the new residential condo at
25 Bond in NoHo dropped its cover this past weekend. And what a handsome
face it has. Eight stories of hefty rough-cut Jerusalem limestone partnered
with details of dark bronzed steel. It's been designed by architect George Schieferdecker
of BKSK Architects (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2007/01/26/157_chambers_transforming_into_artisan_lofts.php) as six stories of four bold asymmetrically arranged sections
with recessed windows down below and a couple of stories of contrasting steel crowning
the top. The building runs for a full 100 feet along Bond Street across from
Ian Schrager / Herzog and de Meuron's all glass (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2007/02/26/40_bond_update_1_sunglasses_time.php) palace at 40 Bond (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2007/02/27/40_bond_update_2_view_from_the_top.php).
What a pair these two make. As different as Archy and Mehitabel.

[The shrouded 25 Bond as seen from Bond (left) and from Bleecker up Shinbone Alley]

[The Bond Street facade (left) and the rear facade looking out over Shinbone Alley]

The owner of this nugget of downtown gold is Shinbone Alley Associates,
but anyone with a yen to buy here shouldn't even bother making a phone call.
Word is that everything is pre-sold. And while DOB says that there will be 23 units inside,
the creative team got an OK to cut that down to 14 cozy abodes.

Hmmm. Eight stories and 14 units. Doing the math we're imagining something
taking up a full floor, big and spacious. At 8,000 square feet per floor that could
make for some nice room to play, no? And what if there were a duplex or a triplex
up top? Better yet. And did we mention all the fireplaces? Crikey! That'd make
for a place as wide and warm as Australia.

[The Jerusalem limestone from Palestine that BKSK Architects chose for the facade]

[The glass of 40 Bond reflecting 25 Bond across the way]

An added bonus: 25 Bond sits above the City's new Third Water Tunnel (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2006/01/04/tunnel_no_3_update_nimby_says_east_50s.php),
which might come in handy if the Shinbone Alley partners ever want to add a
pool to that pretty garden out back. And when they do then all the newbies (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2007/01/17/development_du_jour_48_bond.php)
living on what is becoming one of the more interesting blocks in town could
get together and throw a roaming pool party (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2007/02/16/getting_your_toes_wet_at_48_bond.php). Could be fun.
Would alley cats and cockroaches be welcomed?

[NYC DEP Map showing the path of City Tunnel No. 3 as it runs below 25 Bond]

· 157 Chambers Transforming into Artisan Lofts (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2007/01/26/157_chambers_transforming_into_artisan_lofts.php) [Curbed]
· 40 Bond Update #1: Sunglasses Time! (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2007/02/26/40_bond_update_1_sunglasses_time.php) [Curbed]
· 40 Bond Update #2: View From the Top (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2007/02/27/40_bond_update_2_view_from_the_top.php) [Curbed]
· Tunnel No. 3 Update: NIMBY, Says East 50s (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2006/01/04/tunnel_no_3_update_nimby_says_east_50s.php) [Curbed]
· Development Du Jour: 48 Bond (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2007/01/17/development_du_jour_48_bond.php) [Curbed]
· Getting Your Toes Wet at 48 Bond (http://www.curbed.com/archives/2007/02/16/getting_your_toes_wet_at_48_bond.php) [Curbed]

March 19th, 2007, 10:14 AM
Looks urbane, sophisticated... but still, what a shame when architects insist on the asymmetrical in a sea of classical... as if simple symmetry is somehow not entertaining enough.

March 19th, 2007, 11:02 AM
That looks very nice. This only happens when good creativity is implemented well. As oppose to just implement a glass wall. It work nice here. Can't wait to see what it looks like at street level and its glassier backside.

March 19th, 2007, 02:48 PM
101 Warren's baby brother.

March 19th, 2007, 03:25 PM
20 W 20's distant cousin. Very, very nice.

March 19th, 2007, 04:08 PM
Looks urbane, sophisticated... but still, what a shame when architects insist on the asymmetrical in a sea of classical... as if simple symmetry is somehow not entertaining enough.

Honestly, I don't see the need to go "classical" here.

March 19th, 2007, 04:10 PM
I don't see the need to go asymmetrical.

Honestly? For me, it cheapens the design a bit.... perhaps because asymetrical window treatments are the rage. We can find quite a number built or being built. Ho-hums it.

I love the way 40Bond is innovative and cool in a very original way.

Be that as it may, as I said: 25 Bond looks sophisticated, urbane. Picking nits.


March 19th, 2007, 06:39 PM
How refreshing to see a building that looks better than its rendering. Very high quality.

March 19th, 2007, 07:17 PM
Better than Stern.

Maybe better than Herzog and DeMeuron --with a lot less fuss.

Who says you have to be overwrought to be interesting?

This building's a sendup of all the overstyled, loud and oversculpted prima donnas like Westin, Conde Nast and (yes) Bank of America.

March 19th, 2007, 07:25 PM
Interesting too that the building's vocabulary is very 50's-60's international style (with some pre-war avante guarde Europe thrown in.) Yet up-to-the-minute.

Could be Geneva 1958. Get out the Citroen Pallas convertible.

The more I'm looking at it, the more its my kinda building.

March 19th, 2007, 08:05 PM
Very nice looking, for once a building thats better looking than its rendering. :)

March 19th, 2007, 08:17 PM
Two thumbs up !

......and I think I recall that both buildings replaced ugly parking lots.

If only the other developers in this town had such committment to quality. If they are reading this,,,,,spend the extra money for a talented architect and don't penny pinch on the building materials. This is your legacy - build something that you will be proud of and that people walking by will enjoy long after we are all gone.

March 19th, 2007, 11:28 PM
A little birdie tells me that the fourth and fifth floors are each one full unit (~ 7,500 habitable sf). 5 bedrooms. His and Her separate baths in the Master Bedroom. Great Room looking onto Bond Street which measures ~100' x ~30'. The windows in that space are floor to ceiling and look out onto 40 Bond -- quite a site -- they fully open into the space a couple of inches and then pivet to the side. There are little mini-Juliet balconies all across (but you can't really step outside -- glass balustrades there) and are inset from the stone pillared facade. Those units have Four Fireplaces in each -- long and low. All very sleek and moderne.

According to a comenter on curbed the number of units has been reduced again from 14 to 9. From what I've heard that makes sense:

2 on #2, 2 on #3, 1 on #4, 1 on #5 and the 2 duplexes and the triplex = 9.


Word is that the floors above (6, 7, 8) include two duplexes and a triplex.

One document I saw by searching nyc.gov website says that they got an OK for parking for 51 cars in the basement ... but not sure if that was changed when the number of units was amended.

This is a great block -- and has very little through traffic, as it is one-way to the east (it becmes E. 2nd after The Bowery) and dead ends at Broadway.

Now if DOT will just fix the Belgian Blocks on the road surface (it's one of the worst radways in downtown Manhattan and has been for years -- they re-did the block to the west (http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5636&highlight=bond) a while back) this little block will be gorgeous.

March 20th, 2007, 06:09 PM
I don't see the need to go asymmetrical.

Honestly? For me, it cheapens the design a bit.... perhaps because asymetrical window treatments are the rage. We can find quite a number built or being built. Ho-hums it.

I love the way 40Bond is innovative and cool in a very original way.

Be that as it may, as I said: 25 Bond looks sophisticated, urbane. Picking nits.


It doesn't look like there was a "need" to go asymmetrical. It looks whimsical and spontaneous as is, just the sort of thing that makes a block with plenty of traditional buildings more untraditional (read: interesting).

If it truly cheapened the design for the reasons you mention, then one would have to question why any architectural treatment that was "all the rage" at a certain time period created many similar-looking buildings, be it Beaux-Arts, Deco, or International. Are all of those thereby "cheapened"? Don't think so.

If anything, I think this building is indicative that the trend towards assymetrical window treatments is a beneficial one, in terms of design quality. Just look at 101 Warren: another residential condo using a lot of limestone. When's the last time we had two or more new buildings doing that?

March 20th, 2007, 06:38 PM
"If it truly cheapened the design for the reasons you mention, then one would have to question why any architectural treatment that was "all the rage" at a certain time period created many similar-looking buildings, be it Beaux-Arts, Deco, or International."

That's a good point point and something I pondered about while looking at the photos.

( and again I admit I'm nit-picking here.)

But is it a long term "style" (as were B-A, Deco or International) or rather this years fins?

You write: "If anything, I think this building is indicative that the trend towards assymetrical window treatments is a beneficial one, in terms of design quality. Just look at 101 Warren: another residential condo using a lot of limestone. When's the last time we had two or more new buildings doing that?"

What do asymetrical window treatments have to do with the choice of limestone as a building material?

March 20th, 2007, 07:05 PM
That's a good point point and something I pondered about while looking at the photos.

( and again I admit I'm nit-picking here.)

But is it a long term "style" (as were B-A, Deco or International) or rather this years fins?

Good question, because it's not easy to answer.

I've brought this up in other threads, and it's been pointed out that the technique has been around for at least 50 years. One of our oldest NY examples is Javits Federal Plaza. While not a style of its own, I don't think it's as easily dismissible as a one-year long fad, especially in this day and age. What do we even call our generation's architecture? Post-post modernism?

What do asymetrical window treatments have to do with the choice of limestone as a building material?

I'm not sure, and I certainly can be wrong about this. But it seems that when choosing to do an assymetrical facade, the architect has to select a heavier material to offset the lightness of the glass. I've seen limestone used, as well as terra cotta panels, steel (stainless), and other metals. For some reason, it's not done very often with cheap brick or concrete. The result is a better looking building.

It doesn't work well everywhere. 110 Third (Toll Bros.) cheapened out and the effect isn't nearly as good as the renderings suggested. But there have been a host of smaller projects proposed for lower 5th avenue, a few in the Meatpacking district, and one major tower on West 45th that all use the technique, and they all appear much better than average NY architecture.

Is it just the "newness" rubbing me the good way? Maybe, but there's probably more to it.

March 20th, 2007, 07:26 PM
I think it reinforces the lack of symmetry on Bond St.

March 20th, 2007, 10:35 PM
What do we even call our generation's architecture?

March 21st, 2007, 03:14 AM

Self-indulgent, slipshod mess?

Or am I being grumpy again ;)

March 21st, 2007, 06:09 AM


March 21st, 2007, 09:47 AM
I walked by yesterday. This building and 40 Bond look great and neither represent the cookie cutter crap we are used to seeing.

April 23rd, 2007, 10:04 PM
From http://cityrealty.com/new_developments:

25 Bond Street nearing completion 20-APR-07


Construction work is nearing completion at 25 Bond Street, a 9-unit condominium apartment building in the NoHo Historic District.

The project is on the site of a former parking garage and measures 100 feet wide by 114 deep. It is being developed by Goldman Properties, which developed some of the handsomest new buildings in SoHo on Greene Street.

The former owner of the property, Tribeach Holdings, the developer of 129 Lafayette Street, had planned a building with 23 apartments.

BKSK is the architectural firm for the development. It has designed several of TriBeCa's most distinguished recent residential projects including the Hubert at 7 Hubert Street and the Duane Park Building at 166 Duane Street.

The 8-story building has a setback at the 7th floor and its base is an unusual limestone facade that is an irregularly spaced colonnade about two-and-a-half feet in front of the windows. The stone facade is very syncopated. The top two floors, however, are not faced with limestone, nor is the rear of the building, which overlooks its large rear garden.

The building is across the street from 40 Bond Street, which is also nearing completion, and from 48 Bond Street, another new condominium apartment project now in construction. 40 Bond Street, which has been designed by Herzog & de Meuron, has a facade with protruding and rounded green-glass spandrels and mullions.

On the website of 25 Bond Street, Tony Goldman, the developer, proclaims that "There are periods in time when New York City has produced great buildings and now is one of those times," adding that "For us, it's a privilege to be part of this moment, adding stately beauty to downtown."

The building has concierge service, direct elevator access, 10-foot-six-inch ceilings, wood-burning fireplaces, individual lobby storage spaces, a communal outdoor grilling ensemble, and two parking spaces for each unit. The living/dining/kitchen areas in the apartments measures about 38 by 44 feet.

There are two apartments still available on the second floor and each has three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. Each apartment has about 3,800 square feet of space and is priced at about $9.1 million.

May 27th, 2007, 07:03 PM


Stu_Jo's photostream (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15937237@N00/)

May 29th, 2007, 07:20 AM
In 2003, a very simialr-looking building (30 finsbury Square, in London) won the RIBA architectural prize. http://www.ericparryarchitects.co.uk/pdf/fsq.pdf

May 29th, 2007, 10:05 AM
30 Finsbury does seem to be the inspiration here.

More info:




London-based Eric Parry Architects Ltd. (http://www.architectureweek.com/cgi-bin/wlk?http://www.ericparryarchitects.co.uk/) won a design award for "30 Finsbury Square," a commercial office building, notable for its construction of load-bearing stone in deference to its historic neighbors. The limestone contrasts with the otherwise extensive use of glass, metallic infill panels and polished granite cladding. The pier pattern expresses the structure through reduced loading towards the top, but some vertical alignments are offset to create shifts in focus.

Photo: Hélène Binet
"30 Finsbury Square," with an irregular facade
of stone piers, by Eric Parry Architects.


May 29th, 2007, 10:10 AM
More info:





This high quality office development comprising 14,900m² on lower ground to sixth floor on the East side of Finsbury Square. The architect Eric Parry has produced an original and striking design, which has won awards on both sides of the Atlantic, from the RIBA and AIA.

The Client for the development was Scottish Widows with Jones Lang LeSalle acting as their Development Manager.

May 29th, 2007, 10:52 PM
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May 31st, 2007, 09:01 AM
I like the older buildings in Finsbury square mich better (why is no one surprsied :)). Beautiful, grave, massive buildings.

That said, the material for 30 Finsbury is lovelyy limestone which just GLOWS when the sun hits it the right way.

May 31st, 2007, 09:47 AM
The facade is superb. I wish it covered a larger, more conspicuous building, but it is befitting of the gem that is Bond Street.

June 13th, 2007, 05:16 PM
The street level facade is almost completely installed -- lots of glass with the same hefty bronzed-steel mullions as are being used on the floors above.

The Lobby ... heavy rusticated stone like on the exterior is going up on the walls here ...



June 13th, 2007, 06:40 PM
I think if the piers were 75% as wide the design would be stronger. It might be a bit much for that street. 40 Bond is a quiet very modern facade that blends in nicely (have yet to see the grafitti gate however), this seems like the facade meant for a building at least twice its size. Will have to check out in person.

Nice to see the use of stone and not another glass box.

June 13th, 2007, 07:26 PM
Wait a few weeks before making a special trip down there to check it out -- the sidewalk shed is still up and usually closed off with plywood doors -- I just lucked out that the doors were open when I passed by.

June 25th, 2007, 01:47 PM
6/23: This building is perfectly contextual.


June 25th, 2007, 10:57 PM
I like this one. This block has undergone a very nice transformation. High end, but not out of control.

June 25th, 2007, 11:06 PM
^ On its way to being one of the city's best blocks, isn't it?

June 26th, 2007, 06:10 PM
I'd live there in a minute.

June 26th, 2007, 09:49 PM
So how come this street is turning out so well, when so many others don't?

A fortuitous combination of zoning and enlightened developers?

If the answer were known, the conditions could be recreated elsewhere.

June 26th, 2007, 11:27 PM
Existing buildings all along the block that are pretty top notch.

3 very good sized parking lots.

The entire block is practically surrounded by Historic Districts (Noho to the North and West and South; Soho a bit farther South and West).

One edge of the block is on The Bowery, which in its nasty rundown state served for years to scare away the more mundane middle-priced developers and left the lots fallow and available for the bigger (and clearly smarter) investors.

The absolute insanity of the NY real estate market coupled with the great value of the dollar to foreign investors.

Hedge Funds.

All that together certainly contributed.

June 27th, 2007, 10:09 AM
It is sort of a diamond in the rough, and a delightfully surprising one at that.

Next up: 19th street between West Side Highway and 10th Avenue.

July 22nd, 2007, 09:34 PM
From the NoHo News (http://www.nohomanhattan.org/NoHo%20News%20June%202007.htm#NoHo_III_) website ...

... 25 Bond ... there will be a full 100 running feet of granite sidewalk, artist- etched and continuing into the main lobby. There is no doubt that Goldman Properties has taken contextual to heart and new heights.

September 16th, 2007, 04:56 PM
More Bondage: 25 Bond Unbound

CURBED (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/09/12/more_bondage_25_bond_unbound.php)
September 12, 2007
by ROK88


NoHo's Bond Street has been buzzing lately. Last week, we had the unlocking (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/09/07/full_bondage_40_bond_scaffolding_down_first_tenant _in.php)
of Ian Shrager's gated 40 Bond. Not to mention all that wonkiness (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/08/13/48_bond_gets_some_wonky_windows.php) bursting forth below
the homely Penthouse (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/09/07/full_bondage_48_bond_releases_penthouse.php) at 48 Bond. And now, at big 25 Bond (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/03/19/25_bond_unveiled.php) just across the way,
the sidewalk shed has finally been carted off. What has been revealed is both strong and
elegant. An imposing place that whispers, "Cross this threshold and we'll crush you."
So much for the welcome wagon.

Hand-rubbed Venetian bronze is used to frame windows and doorways

Rough hewn limestone looms large over Bond Street

· Full Bondage: 40 Bond Scaffolding Down, First Tenant In?! (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/09/07/full_bondage_40_bond_scaffolding_down_first_tenant _in.php) [Curbed]
· 48 Bond Gets Some Wonky Windows (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/08/13/48_bond_gets_some_wonky_windows.php) [Curbed]
· Full Bondage: 48 Bond Releases Penthouse (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/09/07/full_bondage_48_bond_releases_penthouse.php) [Curbed]
· 25 Bond Unveiled (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/03/19/25_bond_unveiled.php) [Curbed]


September 16th, 2007, 05:02 PM
Not much wrong with this place.

Anybody got $60K -- and need a roommate ???

Bondage Floorplan Porn: De-Licious 25 Bond Duplex Penthouse

CURBED (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/09/13/bondage_floorplan_porn_delicious_25_bond_duplex_pe nthouse.php)
September 13, 2007
by ROK88


Bond Street just keeps on giving. Today, we've got a little place downtown
where you can rest your head at 25 Bond (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/09/12/more_bondage_25_bond_unbound.php). For a mere $60,000 a month we
give you a dazzling duplex penthouse (http://www.c21nyc.com/RealEstate/419578.aspx). This one, with 8,000+ square feet,
goes way beyond the Double Dipper we showed you last spring (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/04/19/floorplan_porn_25_bond_doubledip.php): Four fireplaces.
A rooftop hot tub. Egyptian Limestone. Hand-rubbed Venetian Bronze.
Ye gads!!! We're hoping we didn't throw away all that crazy coinage (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/05/04/25_bond_is_minting_its_own_money.php) the
25 Bond gang was sending out a few months back, because we'll be needing
that spare change to get our foot in these big bronze doors.

The main level, where two of those four fireplaces can be found

On this floor is the soaking tub - and the other two fireplaces

Up on the roof: terraces, a hot tub and lots of sky - but surprisingly no fireplace

And finally, in case you're curious, here's a partial list of goodies that come with this
7th Floor duplex penthouse. Where else downtown is anyone offering a manicured
urban lawn complete with an "outdoor grilling ensemble"?


· 25 Bond Street (http://www.c21nyc.com/RealEstate/419578.aspx) [Century 21 NYC / Real Estate website]
· Floorplan Porn: 25 Bond Double-Dip (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/04/19/floorplan_porn_25_bond_doubledip.php) [Curbed]
· 25 Bond is Minting Its Own Money (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/05/04/25_bond_is_minting_its_own_money.php) [Curbed]


September 16th, 2007, 05:05 PM
^^^ piqued my interest ...

This building is magnificent ...

The Lobby:


Stone and Bronze:



September 16th, 2007, 05:11 PM
Magnificent. This street was one of my favourites in New York before they put these buildings up...I can't believe they managed to enhance it!

September 17th, 2007, 07:25 PM
nothing like paving the streets with gold.

ali r.
{downtown broker}

September 18th, 2007, 04:00 PM
Beautiful building, terrific floor plans. This one gets an A+.

Can Herzog & DeMeuron top this?

October 30th, 2007, 05:18 PM
Today they were laying the new sidewalk: Huge slabs of sand-colored granite (From China, of course) ...











October 30th, 2007, 05:55 PM

October 30th, 2007, 06:29 PM
Wow !

Who says they can't build them like they used to?

Just look at the thickness of those granite slabs (mined by children and chain gangs?).

This building puts 15 CPW to shame.

Highest quality building under construction in New York today.

And to my mind it makes Herzog and deMeuron's effort seem overwrought and ephemerally trendy.

October 30th, 2007, 08:18 PM
Yes... this is the real thing.

October 30th, 2007, 09:35 PM
Traditional materials, modern design, great!

October 31st, 2007, 05:46 PM
Sure beats concrete! :)

This building is fantastic, and I love the follow-through. No design matter was too small to be attended to. This is the real thing indeed.

October 31st, 2007, 05:58 PM
I'm not crazy about that heavy-handed assymetrical facade, but holy cow this building reeks of quality! It's almost aromatic..

November 1st, 2007, 10:00 AM
The sidewalks are the cherry on top. Well done (clap! clap! clap!).

November 1st, 2007, 11:11 AM
You can see those big slab granite sidewalks throughout downtown NYC -- along Broadway in SoHo, in various parts of Tribeca. That seemed to be the way to go back in the 1800s before the days of concrete contractors.

Imagine a crew with a horse drawn crane & pulley laying some of these down.

November 1st, 2007, 11:52 AM
Those old granite slab sidewalks are the best, smoothed and polished over the years. Look how well they hold up.

November 1st, 2007, 12:18 PM
In many places, the granite slabs were used over hollow sidewalks, which contained storage vaults. The glass lenses that you sometimes see in metal steps and platforms directed light into the vaults.

November 25th, 2007, 05:33 PM
25 Bond Gets Rocked by Chiseler Ken Hiratsuka

CURBED (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/11/21/25_bond_gets_rocked_by_chiseler_ken_hiratsuka.php)
By Pete
November 21, 2007


The all-rock condo fortress at 25 Bond is getting a custom-cut artwork by
sculptor Ken Hiratsuka (http://www.kenrock.com/news.html), who started chiseling away on the newly-installed
sidewalk back at the beginning of November. The gang over at Wired New York (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?p=195576&highlight=bond#post195576)
went ga-ga when some huge slabs of flamed Chinese granite were laid down last month.
Then, Hiratsuka went to work, cutting away in his signature style: "a single continuous
line carving chiselled by hand, guided by a fluid, oceanic imagery." That simple line is
a nice contrast to all the curvy goings on (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/07/20/40_bond_update_schragers_homage_to_haring.php) across the street at 40 Bond.

Behold the flamed Chinese granite.

Hiratsuka contemplates the expanse of newly-laid granite.

The sculpture "Nike" was created by Ken for the lobby of 25 Bond.

A 1984 Hiratsuka carving on the NW corner of Prince and Broadway.

The artist at work.

· Ken Hiratsuka Breaks Ground at 25 Bond Street 2007 (http://www.kenrock.com/news.html) [Ken Hiratsuka website]
· 25 Bond - NoHo Condo Thread (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?p=195576&highlight=bond#post195576) [Wired New York]
· 40 Bond Update: Schrager's Homage to Haring (http://curbed.com/archives/2007/07/20/40_bond_update_schragers_homage_to_haring.php) [Curbed]

December 6th, 2007, 09:59 AM
Echoes of Village Bohemia

Carver, Developer Come Together After 22 Years

Konrad Fiedler
Artist Kenichi Hiratsuka carves on the sidewalk
outside 25 Bond St. He describes his life’s work as
the carving of a single, continuous line, which he
has inscribed on various materials in 19 countries.

NY SUN (http://www.nysun.com/article/67228)
By BRADLEY HOPE (http://www.nysun.com/authors/Bradley+Hope)
Staff Reporter of the Sun
November 29, 2007

It was at a gallery in the East Village in 1985 that the real estate developer Tony Goldman first saw the work of a young Japanese artist whose name would stay with him through the years.

The artist was Kenichi Hiratsuka, then a 26-year-old art school graduate three years into what has become a lifelong project of carving sidewalks and stone around the world. The piece Mr. Goldman saw and bought was a stone floor tile that Mr. Hiratsuka had salvaged from the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Harlem. Using a chisel, he had carved a continuous line that jutted across the stone in an intricate pattern that included the form of a seven-point star.

"This carving has always been with me in my office ever since," the developer said.

While Mr. Goldman was creating the design for his luxury development at 25 Bond St. in 2005, he remembered Mr. Hiratsuka's work. Despite the misgivings of his partners about the scope of his idea, Mr. Goldman decided that he wanted to replace 100 feet of city sidewalk in front of his limestone building with granite slabs that would be carved by Mr. Hiratsuka.

"I remember delivering the tile to his office" in 1985, Mr. Hiratsuka said. "Then, 22 years later, all of a sudden he called me and said he had a job for me."

The relationship quickly blossomed, and Mr. Goldman bought more of Mr. Hiratsuka's work, including a piece for the entryway of his home and a 5-foot carved stone, titled "Nike," for the lobby of 25 Bond St.

Earlier this month, after the proposal made its way through the city's art commission and passed muster with the community board, Mr. Hiratsuka began carving.

Through rain and blustery cold, he has arrived at the site at about 10 a.m. and works until 4:30 p.m. Balancing on his kneepads, he cuts the granite with a hammer and a bullet-shaped chisel. Each blow ignites a small orange spark and sends out puffs of dust. He is about 15% done and expects to finish his work in January.

"People are going to be walking into something," Mr. Hiratsuka said of the carving. "A kind of liquid image, like a river. A fossilized human being moment."

He described his life's work as the carving of a single, continuous line, which he has inscribed so far on various materials in 19 countries.

"The Earth is one huge rock," he said. "If I can carve a spiral, I can carve the entire thing. Up and down mountains, into the Indian Ocean. This is the thought experiment I leave on the sidewalk. Each carving continues into the next." When Mr. Hiratsuka first arrived in New York, the authorities were less open to his form of expression. He has made carvings on more than 20 pieces of concrete around the city over the years — including one well-traveled piece of sidewalk at Prince Street and Broadway — but he was once arrested after a superintendent complained.

"I saw the graffiti on the walls, so I thought I was free to do this kind of thing," Mr. Hiratsuka said with a shrug. "I didn't want to be part of an art salon, try to get to museums. I don't like that system."

The building at 25 Bond St., which is almost finished, is not the only building on the street to take inspiration from Greenwich Village's bohemian era. Ian Schrager's green glass building at 40 Bond St. includes a cast-aluminum fence that resembles the free-form design of graffiti art.

Mr. Goldman's eight-story building presents a less sharp contrast to the cobblestone neighborhood of mostly cast-iron buildings. In giving BKSK Architects guidance for the project, the developer said he told them that the building should have "the portage of the Brooklyn Bridge: the timeless, stone, handcrafted nature that sustains over time."

"I always feel that any building I do has to have a sense of place," he said. "It's about long-lasting presence, not momentary ego."

Seven of the building's nine units have been sold to the original partners in the project, Mr. Goldman said. His company, Goldman Properties, often works with private client lists before building projects. In a sense, the idea with 25 Bond St. was to build ultra-luxury "dream homes" for wealthy clients, he said.

Two remaining apartments, each at about 4,000 square feet, are on sale for $9 million.

But in an interview, Mr. Goldman appeared more interested in the artistry.

He has already created a coffee-table book called "Bonding" about the construction of the building and the transport of the limestone from quarries in Egypt and Jordan. To document Mr. Hiratsuka's work, he has hired a filmmaker, Stephen Kessler, to make a documentary and a photographer, Klaus Lucka von Zelberschwecht, to create two large photograph compositions. He is also documenting the carving with hourly photographs for a future time-lapse photo project.

"Our lives are continuous lines, too," Mr. Goldman said. "Sometimes they cross in different ways. … Ken's work stayed deep in my memory, and fate brought us together again."

© 2007 The New York Sun

December 6th, 2007, 08:48 PM



Very nice to see what a limestone structure looks like brand new....:)

BTW this is modernist, not Beaux Art IMO.

December 6th, 2007, 09:51 PM
The only thing I would complain about is that the entrance is only identifiable because a canopy is there, this shouldnt need to be the case in a good design IMO.

December 7th, 2007, 09:58 AM
Walked by yesterday, saw the fresh chisle marks and endpoint where he stopped that day, and he's almost finished. Cool to see the work in progress. The random, curvy pattern echoes the graffiti fence along 40 Bond across the street and the old-style granite canvass weaves the whole block together.

December 7th, 2007, 12:27 PM
Hiratsuka's done a fence as well.

One Line Forged Fence (1999)
Private Commission for landmark brownstone
West 89th Street, New York City

January 19th, 2008, 11:43 AM
Outside the Box

25 Bond Street

NY TIMES (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/20/realestate/20deal3.html?_r=1&ref=realestate&oref=slogin)

January 20, 2008

Big Deal

Most developers aim to sell out their condominiums from the bottom up, starting with the bread-and-butter apartments on the lower floors. Then, when everything is nearly sold out, they market the grand penthouses with those king-of-the-universe views.

Tony Goldman, a developer and pioneer in SoHo and in South Beach in Miami, tries to think outside the box. At 25 Bond Street, a new eight-story loft-style building with a glass and stone front in NoHo, Mr. Goldman said he first put together “a group of people all wishing to aspire to dream houses” and then began a search for a site, perhaps a historic building, to put them.

Eventually, he said, he decided on a new building. He found the site of a 100-foot-wide garage on cobblestoned Bond Street and bought out another developer for $26 million who, he said, wanted to build 48 apartments on the site. The number of units was quickly pared down. It went from 23 apartments, according to an old filing in the Department of Buildings records, to 12, and finally to 9 huge apartments, including a triplex and a duplex, each with a private rooftop pool.

The marketing campaign was understated: the building’s minimalist Web site showed only a rapidly flickering series of small images in a black box, ending with a message inviting those with “discreet inquiries” to leave their names. The building, therefore, attracted little notice, especially compared with the splashy launching of Ian Schrager’s 40 Bond Street, with its greenish-glass facade down, the street.

Mr. Goldman appeared to quietly compete with his nouveau neighbor, creating a hand-chiseled Egyptian limestone facade protruding in front of a bronze and glass window wall. He commissioned the Japanese sculptor, Ken Hiratsuka, to create a work on the granite sidewalk in front of the building (with the permission of the New York City Arts Commission) and to create a sculpture for the lobby.

But now, Mr. Goldman said, with all the other units long since sold, he is putting the two lowliest apartments in the building on the market for the first time, for just under $9 million each. The listing for one of the second-floor units with Lauren Muss of the Corcoran Group, shows that it is a three-bedroom with 3,722 square feet of space with a huge loftlike living room, a kitchen finished in aluminum and walnut, and two parking spaces.

Mr. Goldman said he didn’t want to put these lower-floor units on the market until the building was finished and buyers could actually walk through them. Was that because the second floor apartments were so close to the noisy streets? On the contrary, he said, it was so buyers could see how close they were to the stone-walled communal garden out back.

Copyright 2008 The New York Times Company

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