Façade installation is nearing completion on Gemma Gramercy, a 20-story residential building at 202 East 23rd Street in Gramercy Park, Manhattan. Designed by Hill West Architects and developed by SMA Equities, the 233-foot-tall structure will span 95,000 square feet and yield 108 rental units in studio to two-bedroom layouts with marketing by REAL New York. Twenty-eight of the apartments will be designated for affordable housing. KSK Construction Group is the general contractor for the project, which is located at the corner of East 23rd Street and Third Avenue on the border with Kips Bay. The property is being constructed to Passive House standards.
The envelope of warm-hued paneling and floor-to-ceiling windows has made its way to the roof parapet since our last update in May 2022, and the network of scaffolding and blue netting has shifted to the uppermost levels as exterior work finishes up. Only a few sections remain to be enclosed, such as the cantilevering volume on the southern elevation.
The following close-up shots show the details in the façade paneling, which includes a subtly protruding geometry on the vertical columns and light fluting on the horizontal bands between the windows.
The horizontal panels have yet to be installed on the cantilevering section and its windows remain covered in protective film. The wraparound sidewalk scaffolding should be taken down sometime this spring once the façade is fully complete.
The mechanical bulkhead features rounded corners on its northern face, adjacent to a rooftop terrace.
Units will come with 10- to 12-foot ceiling spans. Residential amenities will include a fitness center, a communal lounge, coworking space, bicycle storage, and an outdoor rooftop deck with views over Gramercy and surrounding neighborhoods.
Gemma Gramercy is scheduled to reach completion this spring.