Sheldon Solow, founder of Solow Building Company, has been a key figure in New York City real estate since the 1970s, when his signature 50-story black glass tower, designed by Gordon Bunshaft, went up at 9 West 57th Street. Since then, he has developed a host of acclaimed residential projects, from Sutton Place to the Eli Attia-designed Solow Townhouses on East 67th Street. Recognized for his exacting, detail-oriented approach, Solow is also known as a collector of modernist and Renaissance masterpieces whose buildings reflect the synergistic relationship of art to architecture.
At 43 stories, One United Nations Park is a layered black glass form that rises 460 feet above First Avenue and is located just south of the United Nations Headquarters. Overlooking the East River, it transforms the skyline. One of its most distinguishing features —a clear glass cut-out on the 28th and 29th floors—lights up at night and is visible from across the river.
The building is a beautiful paradox: from the outside, it is entirely black, from within, it appears transparent. The black glass itself was carefully sourced to provide the crispest, clearest, and warmest effect. Striking and austere, it offers superior performance and the smoothest surface quality available on the international market. The glass provides a clear view of the city from the interior, with abundant natural light streaming into each residence, while maintaining a consistent black exterior. Residents occupy light-filled spaces, with many residences offering unobstructed views.
The building’s travertine was hand selected by Mr. Solow in the quarries of Tivoli, just outside Rome. The vein cut slabs are from the same quarry found in his signature building at 9 West 57th Street. The sheer expanse features a system of operable, floor-to-ceiling window panels and mullion profiles that keep the façade open and elegant. Custom-engineered insulated windows control the transmission of energy, light, and sound.
An elaborate glass frame wraps around the northern façade and forms the entrance to the grand, double-height lobby on First Avenue. The western façade is defined by a second shell fly-by at the balconies and terraces, creating a unique indoor and outdoor condition with ultimate privacy while overlooking the city. The sleek curtain wall is interrupted only by the architectural cut-out at the 28th and 29th floors that distinguishes where the condominiums begin; within it are duplex residences that boast expansive terraces.
Meticulously designed one-to-four-bedroom condominium residences ascend from the 28th floor. Interiors designed in a combination of white, pale grays and earth tones are complimented by refined surfaces of wood and glass. Living rooms and bedrooms are configured to maximize the outstanding views.
From within One United Nations Park, the glass admits light while providing privacy from the outside. The overall aesthetic is simple, bright and pure, with an elevated level of detail and finishes. Corridors draw the eye to the floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Generous, airy layouts feature wide plank floors of white oak and solid core wood interior doors.
Kitchens appointed in white Calacatta Lincoln marble have Gaggenau appliances clad in custom-crafted Italian white lacquer. Ceilings rise more than nine feet, and soar up to 20 feet in select duplex residences. Built-in Crestron home automation systems offer residents a full package of smart home capabilities. Touchscreens let residents customize and control lighting, motorized window shades, and climate. Residents will also have the ability to access controls through any iOS or Android device. Pre-wiring is also included to make it easy to add speakers and televisions for integrated audio/video control.
The generous scale of the master bathroom is enhanced by the subtle nuances of exceptional materials, including honed Blue de Savoie stone floors and honed Calacatta Lincoln marble walls and countertops. The custom double vanities and oversized shower reinforce the sense of spaciousness. Select duplex residences include a BluStone freestanding bathtub.
The building’s personalized services and carefully conceived amenities are designed to fulfill residents’ every need. The porte-cochère and underground motor court with its black cobblestone ramp provide essential discretion, security and the convenience of private, direct access to the residences. The lobby is attended around the clock. On the second floor, the residents’ suite of amenities includes a pool and fitness center and rooms for entertainment and private dining.
What sets One United Nations Park apart is not merely its thoughtful and sophisticated design, but the expert attention given to every element. The 15,000 square-foot amenities suite is defined by a subtle palette, richly tactile materials and furniture by design luminaries including Finn Juhl, Fritz Hansen, De La Espada and Knoll.
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