Ian Schrager has reunited with Pritzker Prize winning architects Herzog & de Meuron to create another iconic building spanning a full city block in the West Village at 160 Leroy. The LuxPad takes a look around…
Herzog & de Meuron took inspiration from the philosophy of the great Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer for 160 Leroy:
“I am not attracted to straight angles or to the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. I am attracted to free-flowing, sensual curves. The curves that I find in the mountain of my country, in the sinuousness of its rivers, in the waves of the ocean, and on the body of the beloved woman. Curves make up the entire universe.”- Oscar Niemeyer
With its white concrete façade and diamond faceted floor-to-ceiling windows, the building is exactly as Niemeyer describes: curvaceous, sensual, free-flowing and seductive.
Despite its shape, 160 Leroy was designed from the inside out. The bespoke layouts of the 49 one-of-a-kind apartments are spacious and comfortable, maximizing the expansive views of the Freedom Tower, the Hudson River, north towards the George Washington Bridge and city views east. Designed for the modern lifestyle, they feature open floor plans to accommodate both entertaining and family life and offer just the right amount of privacy.
The thoughtful layouts, which maximises light and the surrounding views, have been designed with the occupants in mind. Taking into consideration a specific market of art collectors, 160 Leroy offers an abundance of wall space for hanging art. “The only thing that mattered to me was to turn a residential apartment into a real home. I sought to capture the details of life in the details of the architecture” says Schrager.
Featuring a lush private landscaped courtyard, residents cross through the arched entryway of the building to find themselves immersed in a serene garden design by Madison Cox. Inside, the lobby’s curving, specially imported glass walls bring the atmosphere of the courtyard indoors, blurring the distinction between inside and outside.
Off of the lobby, residents will discover a private 70-foot pool and whirlpool spa with floor-to-ceiling glass, a recreation lounge complete with state-of-the-art kitchen and a fully equipped fitness center with a yoga room, sauna and steam room.
Ian Schrager has reinvented the kitchen in 160 Leroy. The Social Kitchen, with its countertops of pristine Sivec marble, seamlessly integrates into the living area, whilst the Chef’s Kitchen is designed for everyday use and takes the form of a European-style larder. These distinct, separate kitchens give residents the flexibility to prepare meals out of sight, but within earshot of anyone seated in the Social Kitchen or dining area.
A feeling of chic sophistication permeates each residence, with wide-plank Larch wood floors imported from Scandinavia; custom designed bathrooms and blackened steel double-sided wood burning fireplaces with dramatic floating hearths. “Starting in the 1930s, apartment buildings in New York City defined the modern lifestyle in every way. We wanted to take the best of that golden era and bring it into the future, reimagining it for the contemporary residents and families. This is a building where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. It’s the evolution of effortless luxury living and a truly new International Style.” – Ian Schrager.