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    Default One Prospect Park @ Grand Army Plaza - Condo - Prospect Heights - by Richard Meier

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    1 Prospect Park
    17 Eastern Parkway
    16/18 stories 150 feet
    Richard Meier & Partners
    Dev-Mario Procida of Seventeen Development LLC
    Residential Condominium
    119 units
    Proposed 2005-2007

    By Deborah Schoeneman

    August 9, 2004

    Richard Meier’s expanding his celebrity-friendly condo brand to Brooklyn. The architect has been drafting plans for a new residential building on Prospect Park for developer Mario Procida of Seventeen Development LLC. “It’s sixteen or eighteen stories, varying from one- to three-bedroom units,” says Meier, adding that the project “will not be luxury” like his three West Side glass towers, where art dealer Barbara Gladstone recently bought a loft (hers is in the new Charles Street building). The development, which should be ready in about two years, is on Eastern Parkway and will probably be called 1 Prospect Park.

    The site is a parking lot across from the main library. I haven't seen any work being done yet.
    Last edited by Derek2k3; July 2nd, 2005 at 02:08 AM.

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    Thanks Derek, I knew I heard Meier's name floating around. This'll be great for Brooklyn it is in dire need of an exceptional glass building.

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    Update on Meier's One Prospect Park, now 30 storeys!

    The New York Times
    April 11, 2005
    For Act II, Architect Gets More Hands-On

    One might have thought Richard Meier would be reluctant to return to the site, given that the two $50 million glass-and-steel apartment towers he designed on Perry Street and West Street overlooking the Hudson River had attracted so much negative publicity. Celebrity watchers had reveled in reports of leaks, construction delays and other problems that inconvenienced rich and famous tenants like Nicole Kidman, Calvin Klein and Martha Stewart.

    But Mr. Meier was undaunted, having now designed another glass condominium building next door, at 165 Charles Street, to be completed in October. Striding through the construction site in the West Village the other day, his white hair flowing out beneath his hard hat, dust coating the trim of his black trench coat, he seemed anything but chastened as he surveyed his new 16-story transparent tower.

    "I love being here," he said.

    To be sure, the Perry Street experience was exasperating, Mr. Meier said, but it taught him an important lesson: how crucial it is to have greater control over the construction and the interior design of his projects.

    Buildings usually go through value engineering, for example, when a consulting architect comes in to suggest how things could be done for less. Not 165 Charles Street. "I've been through that," he said. "I know what that does. In the end, it compromises everything."

    And typically, details inside apartment buildings are handled by interior designers, not the architects themselves, who do not usually get involved with finishes, fittings and fixtures.

    Fortunately, the developers of Charles Street were willing to oblige Mr. Meier, the celebrated architect whose projects include the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, the Jubilee Church in Rome and the Manhattan restaurant 66.

    Mr. Meier has taken a similar hands-on approach to a residential building he is designing in Brooklyn on Grand Army Plaza overlooking Prospect Park. The 30-story condominium includes 120 units, most of which have balconies with park views.

    Because there was no value engineering at Charles Street, banks would finance only about 60 percent of the $90 million building, rather than the standard 80 to 90 percent. "It could have saved me a lot of money," said Izak Senbahar, one of the developers, but he chose not to cut any corners. "I thought it was a better decision to just go for it."

    Mr. Meier designed the interior of all 31 apartments himself, as well as the building's 50-foot pool with waterfall, 35-seat screening room, wine cellar and fitness center. The developers also paid handsomely for every architectural detail. There are no baseboards; instead the walls float one-quarter inch off the floors like those at the newly renovated Museum of Modern Art - with the same crew doing the installation. The nine-foot-tall bathroom doors, made of opaque glass, were $6,500 each. The African wenge wood floors are being put down by the same team responsible for the Getty's flooring. There is humidity control for people with art collections.

    At the Perry Street towers, developed by Richard Born and his partners and opened two years ago, the apartments were delivered as raw space for tenants to configure with their own designers.

    At Charles Street, Mr. Meier has had uncommon leeway in keeping tabs on construction. "We have given the architect the right to come in more often to the job site and make sure it is all happening according to plan," Mr. Senbahar said. "The usual deal is, they design it, you build it," he added. "But we have gone the extra distance to give Richard what he wants."

    Mr. Meier said he hoped his Charles Street experience would be instructive for the many other architects who have turned their attention to residential buildings in New York.

    Steven Holl, Zaha Hadid, Santiago Calatrava, Frank Gehry, Christian de Portzamparc, Richard Rogers, Architectonica, Norman Foster, Enrique Norten, Robert A. M. Stern, Charles Gwathmey, Jean Nouvel, Tsao & McKown, Winka Dubbeldam, Herzog & de Meuron and Michael Graves are just some of those designing residential towers in New York.

    Louise M. Sunshine, the chairwoman and chief executive of the Sunshine Group, which is marketing Charles Street, said great architecture could add $400 to $1,000 per square foot in value to the purchase price. Charles Street is 60 percent sold, she said, at prices ranging from $3 million to $20 million.

    Celebrity architects have also become a selling point. "It gives the building a certain cachet," said Deborah Grubman, a senior vice president at the Corcoran Group, a real estate company that has sold some of the Meier apartments. "It's like having a signed painting."

    But it is not as if Mr. Meier was some petulant artist asking for the moon, Mr. Senbahar said. "He's built churches in Rome and museums in Barcelona," Mr. Senbahar said. "He's a reasonable man."

    Moreover, economics still rule. "You can say, 'The architect should be able to do more,' " Mr. Meier said. "But if the developer is not willing to spend the money, you have very little power."

    When the architect Bernard Tschumi designed his new blue glass tower for the Lower East Side, for example, he had to shape the building to get the maximum space and still meet strict zoning regulations. "The developer wants to get every square foot," he said. "In New York, it seems to be strictly business."

    The rewards, however, are heady: these architects are changing the New York skyline. Pass by the Meier buildings at night along the West Side Highway or from the Hudson River and you can't help but notice.

    As a New Jersey native who has lived in New York City all his adult life, Mr. Meier takes pride in this. "It's like Rockefeller Center," he said. "It makes a place in the city."

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    Ahhhh, can't wait to see renderings.

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    That's really weird. I hope it isn't a misinformation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gulcrapek
    That's really weird. I hope it isn't a misinformation.
    Unfortunately it is a misinformation, fortunately however its still on track.

    Daily News:

    Luxe glass tower planned for Prospect Heights


    People in glass houses - are rich people.

    At least in Prospect Heights, where famed architect Richard Meier is putting up a super deluxe 15-story glass tower.

    "It will be the most luxurious building in Brooklyn," boasted Lisette Koe, a spokeswoman for Meier.

    The sky-high prices expected for the abodes probably won't shock borough residents still reeling from news that a five-story Brooklyn Heights home hit the market last week for $20 million.

    The 119-unit building at 17 Eastern Parkway should be completed by 2007.

    Meier is best known for a pair of celebrity-studded glass towers he designed on Perry St. in the West Village.

    Martha Stewart, Calvin Klein and Nicole Kidman all snagged places there.

    Project officials wouldn't say how much apartments in the Prospect Heights building would sell for, but neighborhood real estate agents estimated around $1 million for a two bedroom.

    Residents in the tower - just a stone's throw from Prospect Park - will be greeted by a 24-hour concierge and have their feet warmed by underfloor heating.

    Not to mention the extra deep soaking tubs, remote control window shades and parking attendants.

    "It will certainly have a ripple effect," said Steve Rutter, who manages the Park Slope Corcoran office. "Prices around there will increase, too."

    Some residents fear the new building will stick out against the brick prewar buildings along Prospect Park.

    "I hope it fits into the neighborhood," said Margaret Elwert, who helps organize the annual Prospect Heights house tour. "Maybe we'll add one of the apartments to our tour."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek2k3
    1 Prospect Park
    17 Eastern Parkway
    16/18 stories 150 feet
    Richard Meier & Partners
    Dev-Mario Procida of Seventeen Development LLC
    Residential Condominium
    119 units
    Proposed 2005-2007
    From Curbed:

    "Brooklyn Tower Keeps Growing, and Growing, and Growing...

    2005_4_meierbrooklyn.jpgYesterday, while we were deep in thought over what a $6,500 bathroom door looks like, Brooklynites were up in arms over another revelation in the Times' look at Richard Meier's Charles Street tower. Specifically, the part where the paper matter-of-factly notes that Meier is currently working on a 30-story condominium on Grand Army Plaza, overlooking Prospect Park. The problem? According to The Real Deal, 1 Prospect Park is only slated to be 16-18 stories tall (the Daily News reports 15 today).

    Needless to say, the neighbors are not pleased. The Daily Heights blog notes that residents are concerned with traffic and sanitation issues, not to mention the possibility of long shadows, and that was before the 30-story bombshell. But could it have just been a mistake? An update from the Union Temple, the lot's owner, is promised."

    "The NYTimes has confirmed that (the condo) is NOT in fact 30 stories. They were working from old info and will run a correction shortly. The building will be 150 feet tall, and roughly 16-18 stories."

    Read more here also:
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    April 18, 2005
    Temple Tower: Artist's Rendition

    temple tower-tn.jpg
    DH contributor Quig got his hands on an artist's rendition of Meier's proposed luxury condo tower on Grand Army Plaza. Is it authentic? Based on the description we published last week ("glass, white, curved to fit the street shape") we can't rule it out as a fake.

    lol..Go to the site for a larger size.
    Last edited by Derek2k3; May 13th, 2005 at 12:32 AM.

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    What was the point of the rendering, i hope they noticed that it wasn't funny, infact it just makes them look stupid

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    Sorry it's not a scream, but give the guy some credit for a decent photoshop, eh?

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    Minimalist architect Richard Meier has been hired to design a new residential project in Brooklyn that promises some of the city's best views.

    The 15-story, 200,000 square-foot project will be called One Prospect Park. By the time it is ready in two years, prices should be well above $1,000 a foot.

    It will rise on the airy corner of Eastern Parkway and Plaza Street that is currently a vacant lot used for parking by the Union Temple.

    "It's got Manhattan, it's got the bay, it's got the [Prospect] park, it's got the Brooklyn Museum and the library," said developer Mario Procida. "You pick the direction and you got the view."

    Procida, a principal of GPG Equities, said he and partners Louis Greco and Sheldon Gordon bought the site earlier this week, and have commissioned a building similar to the Meier "triplets" already built on West Street.

    "We expect it will be similar," Procida said. "Being the fourth one, it will be even better."

    Procida said plans already call for every unit to have a balcony, with some larger terraces, as well as roof terraces for the penthouses.

    "We believe this will be the residential development in Brooklyn and will be the place to live," Procida added.

    GPG is now completing Boulevard East in downtown Brooklyn and the $700 a foot condo, Clinton West, being built over the Amtrak railroad between 45th and 47th streets and Tenth and Eleventh avennues in Manhattan.

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    Brooklyn Eagle
    Erroneous Report on Tower by Richard Meier

    by Linda Collins (, published online 04-21-2005

    A neighborhood uproar in Prospect Heights caused by an article in the New York Times that mentioned a proposed 30-story residential tower being designed by the renowned architect Richard Meier on Eastern Parkway has been quelled. The Times admitted a factual and issued a correction....

    .....Meier, whose work includes the Getty Museum complex in Los Angeles, has been selected as the designer for the Prospect Heights tower, which will be called 1 Prospect Park, according to Procida. Drawings and renderings are not available yet — “we are still in the design stage,” he said — and Procida would not confirm rumors that this building would be a characteristic Meier glass tower. In fact, Procida was reluctant to offer any preliminary details other than to say there will be 120 “spectacular” luxury units.

    “We believe it will be one of the most spectacular new buildings — if not the most spectacular new building — in the borough,” he said....

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