As a central design element of the building’s 30,000-square-foot amenity floors, Luci creates drama, and like a bolt, descends two stories into the shared community space. A pair of serpentine, stainless steel beams support a series of interlaced tiles that are positioned to form a singular reflective surface. Over the course of five years and 70 iterations of it, the design team collaborated to develop temporal projections that change in appearance throughout the day. Now complete, the sculpture encapsulates years of thought and effort into one living installation.
Commissioned by The Dermot Company, developers of the residential tower, ICRAVE partnered with UAP, who oversaw fabrication of the installation, and digital art specialists Niio. Dawn of Man built the projection mapping system using artwork designed by Tel Aviv’s Ronen Sharabani. In the future, ICRAVE, Niio, and Dermot plan to collaborate with new artists to illuminate Luci’s sinuous form.
“Our mission within our residential buildings is to create a worldly, multifaceted and bespoke lifestyle experience for our residents,” said Drew Spitler, partner and director of Development at The Dermot Company. “We are proud to debut Luci in partnership with ICRAVE, UAP, and Niio to showcase this one-of-a-kind art installation inside 21 West End Avenue.”
Designed by SLCE Architects, the residential component of the tower is comprised of 616 apartments, ranging from studios to three-bedrooms. A total of 127 units are dedicated to affordable housing for low-income families. The base of the building accommodates retail areas and and a four-story public school for pre-K through fifth grade students.