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    Splendido (250 East 49th Street):




    250 East 49th Street is a luxury residential condominium located at the corner of East 49th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan’s Midtown East Side. The 24 story cylindrical glass tower rises from a podium that respects the street wall of the residential block comprised primarily of townhouses and lower scaled buildings. The first two levels will be primarily retail and entered from the avenue while the residential lobby will be on 49th Street. The remaining three levels of the podium section contain larger apartments with terraces that cut into the podium revealing the curved tower as it rises from the ground. The building will house 88 residences, of one, two and three bedrooms, with additional larger duplex penthouses on the top floors of the tower.

    The floor to ceiling glass curtain wall in the curved area with over 11’-0” ceilings will allow for expansive views uptown. Other materials for the tower include a terra cotta cladding system that will provide higher performance energy conservation and moisture protection than most standard masonry facades.


    http://www.sydnessarchitects.com/por...anhattan.shtml

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    Default I like it but

    it's almost like they're making these bases ugly on purpose.

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    I wish they'd add a cornice.

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    It'll be nice if they use good materials. I applaud the curve, even if it's only a slight deviation from a box, it makes a difference.

    And let's hope for decent retail. There should really be FAR bonuses for retaining retail tenants at the same rent for a set amount of time....especially restaurants.

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    "Splendido?" Oh brother. Can you hear the residents? "I live in the Splendido!"

    I'll say it again....Oh brother.

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    They should have just made the base curve around the street corner too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrooklynRider View Post
    "Splendido?" Oh brother.
    The name is truly ridiculous.

    Quote Originally Posted by sfenn1117 View Post
    There should really be FAR bonuses for retaining retail tenants at the same rent for a set amount of time....especially restaurants.
    That's a really great idea. It might help mitigate the loss of neighborhood services we've seen with new construction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfenn1117 View Post
    And let's hope for decent retail. There should really be FAR bonuses for retaining retail tenants at the same rent for a set amount of time....especially restaurants.
    Tha's an excellent idea but unfortunately, you know NIMBYs would rather have a shorter tower most important of all (even if it means getting bad retail instead) so that idea probably won't fly with them.

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    Well, they already give FAR bonuses for including affordable housing...

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    From http://cityrealty.com/new_developments:

    Curved condo tower with 88 units planned for East 49th Street 16-MAY-07

    Excavation work is about to commence for a 24-story residential condominium tower with 88 apartments at 250 East 49th Street that will be known as the Splendido.

    A prior design by Sydness Architects for the site, which formerly was occupied in part by the Box Tree Restaurant and Inn, called for a 31-unit, 20-story, mid-block tower that would have been cantilvered over the low-rise building immediately to its east. The cantilevered portion would have been supported by an asymmetrical array of struts and the north and south facades of the tower would have floor-to-ceiling windows with frosted glass balustrades in a random pattern across the front of the building.

    The site was subsequently expanded to include the frontage at the southeast corner of 49th Street and Second Avenue and Sydness Architects, of which K. Jeffries Sydness is the principal has redesigned the project.

    The new design, shown at the right, has a red terracotta-clad base/podium from which rises a curved glass curtain wall flanked at the south and west portions of the tower by beige terracotta-clad facades.

    The lower section of the development "respects the street wall of the residential block comprised primarily of townhouses and lower scaled buildings," according to the Sydness Architects website.

    The lower two levels of the base will be retail and entered from the avenue and the residential entrance will be on 49th Street. "The remaining three levels of the podium section contain larger apartments with terraces that cut into the podium revealing the curved tower as it rises from the gounrd.

    The curved section of the tower will ceilings higher than 11 feet for "expansive views uptown."

    The building will have a concierge and roof deck and it is expected to be completed late next year.

    The East 49th Street Development II LLC, of which Alexander Gurevich is a principal, is the developer.

    Prior to forming Sydness Architects, K. Jeffries Sydness was a partner with John Burgee Architects, the successor firm to Johnson/Burgee Architects, which was founded by Philip Johnson and John Burgee.

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    Better but smaller rendering



    250 EAST 49TH STREET
    Location: 250 East 49th Street
    Developer: East 49th Street Development
    Architect: Sydness Architects
    Size: 24 floors
    Type: Residential
    Completion (est.): 2009

    http://www.archpaper.com/features/2007_13_grid.htm

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    Here is a nightime rendering aswell...


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    This building is not too bad, but I just don't understand what the point is of using different color bricks. I think it would look alot better if they continued the red brick all the way up the tower. Why do developers in this city lack good taste?

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    The rental office is now open; The building will be called "The Alexander" and it's website is http://www.thealexanderny.com

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    Here is a link to the Box Tree restaurant photo gallery, including the restaurant. It looks pretty irreplaceable. I find this to be a pretty nice building being built with a bitter after taste of what has been lost.

    http://www.boxtreerestaurant.com/gallery.html

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