In one of New York City’s coolest neighborhoods, the newest addition to the dynamic Essex Crossing development — One Essex Crossing — has come online, with a new model apartment designed by Jean Lin, founder of Colony, a design gallery celebrating American artisans on Canal Street. The 14-story building, designed inside and out by acclaimed architecture firm CetraRuddy, spans a full city block between Broome and Delancey Streets, and features light-filled residences with skyline views, relaxing outdoor spaces including a 9,000 square foot terrace garden, and a portfolio of amenities. “We were inspired by the rich architectural language of the existing fabric of the historic Lower East Side and the next chapter of its artistic, cultural and forward-thinking community,” explains Nancy Ruddy, Founding Principal of CetraRuddy. “The three-dimensional layering of brick, terracotta and glass weaves texture into the facade, harmonizing with the neighborhood while paying homage to the past and the present.”
The newly unveiled model apartment is inspired, according to Lin, by Lower East Side, punk rock icon Patti Smith. “We rooted this project in the culture of its place. Colors, materials and mood reference her irreverent style and unending creativity, a hallmark of the neighborhood where One Essex Crossing is making its mark,” explains Lin.
Smith provided inspiration for Lin’s color and texture choices, which feature a finely tuned mix of loosely tailored forms, contrasting neutrals, chrome details, tweedy textures, black accents and desaturated warm tones. The living area features a Column table in stone and steel by Moving Mountains that echoes the fluting found in Greco-Roman architecture, as well as SW Side Tables by Soft Geometry pairing black powder-coated steel frames with a cream-latte colored top. The built-in dining table is designed by CetraRuddy.
The kitchen features tabac oak and taupe glossy lacquer cabinetry with polished nickel fittings, honed Dolomite marble countertops, and Miele appliances. Calacatta Lincoln marble lines the radiant heated floors, walls and countertops in the master bath, accented by polished nickel fixtures and fittings. The master bedroom overlooks the terrace garden and features wallpaper by Flat Vernacular that evokes faraway vistas. An Akari Light Sculpture by Isamu Noguchi brightens the room.
Residents enter the building on Broome Street and traverse a glass-enclosed bridge featuring a view of the historic Essex Market and new Market Line retail shops below. Designed as a series of architectural experiences, the entry features a marble runway that guides residents through the bridge and into the tranquil lobby. “One Essex Crossing’s connection to The Market Line, visible through the glass, soundproof bridge in the residential entry, is one of the most exciting aspects of the building,” explained Colleen Wenke, Chief Development Officer for Taconic Partners, who is leading the development of One Essex Crossing. “The dynamic and functional experience that the building affords residents has truly elevated the concept of vertical living in New York City.”
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