Rising now at 180 East 88th Street is the soon-to-be tallest tower on the Upper East Side above 72nd Street. The 31-story residential building is being developed and designed by DDG, with aesthetic inspiration derived from renowned Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. The structure has reached its 28th floor, leaving three stories remaining before topping-out occurs.
HTO Architects is listed as the architect of record, though DDG’s in-house design group is heading the architectural design. The façade will be decorated with Kolumba bricks, a distinctive gray masonry produced by the Denmark-based firm, Petersen Tegl. Portions of the façade are now visible on the southern façade. Also new to the structure now are the two-story arches for the mid-building outdoor terrace.
The building will yield nearly 130,000 square feet for residential use, as well as 1,100 square feet for commercial use, and 52,200 square feet for a community facility to occupy the lower floors. 48 condominiums will be created, averaging more than 2,700 square feet apiece. The building’s top arches will be part of a full-floor penthouse unit.
Amenities in the building will span over eight floors, including an indoor soccer pitch, partial basketball court, children’s playroom, fitness center, lounges, and tenant wine storage.
Earlier this year, YIMBY spoke with CEO Joe McMillan of DDG. He spoke to the controversy surrounding the tall development, which has been unfairly accused of distorting NYC’s zoning rules.
As with each of our projects, we always listen to constituent concerns and endeavor to understand all points of view. Throughout the entirety of the development process 180 East 88th has received all required approvals from the New York City Department of Buildings and is in full compliance with all zoning regulations. We are proud of the building we are developing and believe we are bringing an architecturally distinctive building to the Upper East Side that will enhance the City’s beautiful and ever-evolving skyline.
The attacks by local residents led to a halt in construction and a review by the Department of Buildings. Much to the chagrin of the opposition, the review discovered that the building should be a few feet taller than initially planned. The building will soon top out at 523 feet.
Completion is expected by 2019.