January 5, 2018

David Adjaye Settles in NYC With His First Tower

A private rooftop observatory deck rises nearly 800 feet into the air above Sir David Adjaye’s 130 William. Rendering courtesy of Lightstone.

After triumphs including the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in DC, Sir David Adjaye has finally designed a condominium tower in New York City, in collaboration with Lightstone. 130 William offers 244 residences across 66 stories. “It was an opportunity to really play with and rethink vertical living,” Sir David Adjaye says. “My hope is that it might operate as a model for neighborhood-making within extreme density.” Adjaye reinterpreted Lower Manhattan’s traditional loft-style windows as loggias on upper levels, described as “a material way to offer an entirely new experience of the city.” The river-to-river views have surely never looked better.  

The building’s signature façade is made of textured, hand-cast concrete. Rendering courtesy of Lightstone.
A new public plaza, Adjaye explains, “transforms the project into a real piece of urban placemaking, and provides a moment of transition between the private life of the interior and the public life of the city.” Rendering courtesy of Lightstone.
Double-height ceilings top off large scale windows detailed in smooth bronze. Rendering courtesy of Lightstone.
Lifestyle and wellness amenities include a swimming pool sunk between undulating rows of tiled columns. Rendering courtesy of Lightstone.

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