In the heart of Morningside Heights, New York, on Manhattan’s geographic highest point, with a striking view of the Hudson River, the Columbia University and of the Riverside Church, the renowned architectural firm INC Architecture & Design designed to build Vandewater, a residential tower that combines neo-gothic architecture, Art Deco heyday and contemporary design.
The building includes 183 apartments spread over 33 floors, with custom craftsman-inspired kitchens and bathroom accessories supplied respectively by ARAN Cucine and Bathroom Collection.
Throughout the design and construction process, designers set sustainable design goals, developed then through sometimes structural, sometimes social solutions: for instance, large windows that enables high daylight penetration, the light colored roof cover helps to reduce the heat island effect and the concrete used contains a high percentage of recycled content; including only low-flow faucets – with a 38,45% reduction in water consumption, while implementing an ad hoc management and recycling plan to maximize the recycling of construction waste.
Moreover: the wealthy residents have access to a ridesharing bulletin board to share journeys reducing the adverse impact of traffic and urban air pollution, and can count on a ‘Green Cleaning’ program that requires the use of exclusively non-toxic and eco-friendly cleaning products.
Lastly, the outdoor areas of the building have been designed by landscape architect Van Valkenburgh Associates: he took care of the magnificent garden and the lush terraces including a high efficiency irrigation system, but creating above all green oasis in addition to the many comforts of the building, such as dedicated concierge services, music practice rooms and party rooms, study rooms, game rooms, swimming pools, fitness centers, spa and pet spa.
The Vandewater building is characterized by the balance between different architectural styles: on the one hand it is marked by the Gothic influence that identifies some historic buildings, typical of the district, on the other hand it is sensitive to a more contemporary taste that pervades especially the furnishing choices.
The luxurious apartments, finished with marble, wood and precious ceilings, suggest a rigorous style, embellished by the choice of materials: the oak wood, in both light and dark version, was chosen for the kitchens and bathroom accessories, made exclusively on project and with great possibility of customization by both architects and owners.
Finally, the 13 Pace (the extra storage system that provides storage units with a storage capacity increased by 15 and 30%) becomes the ideal starting point for easier customization and satisfaction of our American client’s needs, like those of Vandewater ’s residents, fully expressing the value of Made in Italy and the productive flexibility of ARAN World.