Is it gauche of me to post two BIG designs in a row? Feh, no matter, for I will use this to illustrate the ways they employ similar forms and ideas in responsive and different ways, and with a different language of materials. Behold, the appropriately named 79&Park (it’s next to a park, you see…)
Another of their “landform courtyard” style buildings, this one places the emphasis on wood and windows, with large vertical forms stacked upwards, each unit distinguishing itself with its own arrangement of fenestration. The result delivers order without rigidity, and variety without becoming a jumble.
Of course, the big moves still ring true here, with the stepped sections of the building responding to the aforementioned park while providing for both the courtyard as well as the sweet green rooftop gardens (complete with trees!). This arrangement also allows the units the most out of those giant windows, with plenty of avenue for light and views outward.
The killer is that this isn’t likely considered highly unusual or “grand luxury.” If my impression of the country when I visited was correct, this level of design is not that uncommon nor reserved for the hyper-well to do. It’s a recognition that quality of life affects us all, and why shouldn’t we strive for areas that shout, “this is a spot for living and living well!”