In an effort to bolster sales at One Manhattan Square, Extell Development Company has unveiled an acre of private outdoor amenities designed by West 8 Urban Design and Landscape Architecture. Located in the Two Bridges section of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the neighborhood’s signature tower stands 800 feet above the East River and now comprises 100,000 square feet of total amenity space.
As described by West 8, the new private gardens foster a sense of community and are envisioned as an outdoor retreat for residents to relax, work, and socialize. Now complete, One Manhattan Square offers more private outdoor space than any other residential development in New York City.
The sloped topology of the area surrounding the building forced the design team to conceive a horticultural scheme that could easily lend itself to the waterfront environment. In response, the architects created a continuous garden space that ramps up from the sidewalk to the building’s fifth floor. As residents descend further into the garden, they will experience a sequence of courtyards, adult tree houses, play spaces for children, a Japanese-inspired tea garden, riverside fire pits, and more.
The architects also selected a diverse array of flora and fauna that will peak at varying times of the year to effectively deliver an all-year recreational garden.
“Especially given today’s environment, outdoor spaces have become a welcome retreat for our residents,” said Alan Oppenheimer, Extell Development Company vice president of acquisitions. “These spaces were designed to serve as a private oasis within our community so that residents can enjoy their own private natural surroundings within the city.”
Interior amenities include a spa that surrounds a sunken tranquility garden, also designed by West 8. Additional wellness amenities include a multi-level fitness center with indoor swimming pools, a full basketball court, a squash court, and a yoga studio. Recreational amenities include theater and performance spaces, a golf simulator, a children’s playroom, a game room, a cellar bar and demonstration kitchen, a two-lane bowling alley, and more.
The structure was completed in 2019 and is designed by Adamson Associates Architects with custom interiors by Meyer Davis Studio. Ownership at One Manhattan Square starts at $1.2 million, where buyers have access to a 421-a tax abatement.