It seems that all new development in New York City now-a-days is met with pushback. DDG's ultra-luxe, brick-clad 180 East 88th Street is no exception. Construction on the residential tower began in 2015 but in 2016 local residents and city officials created a zoning controversy as they argued that 180 East 88th Street had carved out a four-foot lot to circumvent the existing height limitations. The Department of Buildings agreed and issued a stop-work order but DDG worked with the city to come to an agreement to extend the 4' extension to 10'. Construction is now back underway and and units are currently available for sale. 180 East 88th Street will rise 50-stories, 521' and will feature 48 condominium units.
The building’s design is inspired by New York’s pre-war boom in high-rise masonry construction, paying homage to traditional craftsmanship, while maintaining a contemporary aesthetic. The property’s façade comprises a total of 594,443 bricks, handmade by Danish firm Petersen Tegl. Internally, German plaster artisan Jan Hooss was commissioned to create a curved wall installation that celebrates the stucco that was prevalent in Upper East Side architecture at the turn of the 20th century. Meanwhile, the wood flooring, used throughout the residences and in select common spaces, is imported from a Benedictine monastery in Austria. "These distinctive bricks, which include the elegant, elongated Kolumba style, possess a thoroughly unique texture and colour palette that reflect their handmade quality," said DDG.
Residences feature ceiling heights that range up to 14’ 2”, and 28’ 8” in duplexes, making room for 9’ tall tilt-turn windows. Design features throughout the units include classic picture rails, baseboard reveals, and a formal entry gallery appointed with herringbone flooring, custom wainscoting, and plaster ceiling details, all similar to what would be found in a museum. Amenities include a partial basketball court, soccer pitch, game room, resident’s lounge, wine room, private fitness and yoga studios and an interactive children’s playroom. Pricing ranges from $3.2 million for a 2-bedroom unit and range up to $6.875 million for a 4-bedroom unit. Pricing for all of the units have not yet been released yet. Units will range from loft style units to 5-bedroom, full-floor and duplex units, with a triplex penthouse.