February 5, 2017
All About One Vandam's Luxe Triplex Residence and Available Unit, Penthouse A
Quinlan Development Group and Tavros Development Partners engaged Studio DB to design One Vandam's penthouse's spacious interiors. BKSK architects carefully designed the building's unique, slender trapezoidal form.
by New York Spaces
Quinlan Development Group and Tavros Development Partners engaged Studio DB to design One Vandam's penthouse's spacious interiors. The result is a light and modern space furnished with custom, rich natural materials. BKSK architects carefully designed the building's unique, slender trapezoidal form which maximizes exposure and provides expansive, noteworthy views. Penthouse A, a triplex, is the last available unit, on the market for a cool $25 Million.
NYS: What should consumers expect from One Vandam's Penthouse A property? What does the triplex offer potential residents?
Quinlan Development Group and Tavros Partners: Penthouse A is One Vandam's premiere residence and the property's final available unit. Totaling 5,286 square feet, the beautiful four bedroom, five and a half bathroom triplex is equipped with a private interior elevator servicing all three levels. The unit uniquely offers a glorious triple-height staircase framed by a 30 foot wall of glass, three wood burning fireplaces, a beautiful eat-in windowed kitchen, rooftop living room perfect for jaw-dropping entertaining, and landscaped roof terrace with wood-burning fireplace and sunken hot tub. The three terraces total 1,996 square feet of glorious outdoor space overlooking SoHo.
NYS: We love One Vandam's unique form. What architectural element of Penthouse A is most unique / required the most attention?
BKSK Architects: We were tasked with creating a unique building for an incredibly special site, incorporating elements of the neighborhood and the openness and lightness of the environment into a livable and intimate home. Classic SoHo cast iron buildings are distinguished in part by their very large expanses of glass, the scale of openings to views and natural light. What required the most attention in our minds was taking advantage of the myriad opportunities for special views. Penthouse A truly offers a one-of-a-kind SoHo experience.
NYS: What kind of amenities does One Vandam offer?
Quinlan Development Group and Tavros Development Partners: One Vandam features a dramatic and sweeping landscaped outdoor terrace in addition to an impressive array of sun-filled amenities spaces, creating a private oasis for its residents. These amenities include a 24/7 Concierge, full-time super and porter, residents' gym, private storage, bicycle storage, and 6,400 square feet of residents landscaped terrace.
NYS: What was the interior design directive for the spacious interior?
Studio DB: We were brought on in the early stages of the project, resulting in a close collaboration with BKSK Architects, Stribling, Quinlan Development Group and Tavros Development Partners throughout all aspects of the design. Each of the parties brought great resources and ideas to the project. As the space evolved, it was very clear that this would be a special apartment. The design objective for the project was to create a modern environment that draws from the character of the surrounding neighborhoods. The building is sophisticated and vertical, with details that are tactile and at a scale that is very personal. American craftsmanship, particularly through designers such as Edward
Wormley, Paul McCobb, and Harvey Probber, was our inspiration throughout the process of designing Penthouse A.
NYS: What kind of materials were used in the design of the space?
Studio DB: One of the main design goals behind Penthouse A was to keep the space feeling light but with rich and natural materials. The finishes throughout were created keeping this in mind. The stone was honed, the tiles hand-glazed, the cabinetry and floor finishes were customized and crafted specifically for One Vandam. Details from BKSK's façade were incorporated into the interior design, which made for a seamless transition from interior to exterior. The triplex staircase creates a spectacular centerpiece for the Penthouse, taking advantage of the triple-height space and creating a dramatic effect. A custom LARIAT light fixture from APPARATUS was chosen to emphasize this breathtaking space. Additionally, sculptural furniture and luxurious textiles were sourced to
further elevate the space. We partnered with modern craftspeople to create custom finishes and carry on the tradition of thoughtful design. The materials throughout the apartment are natural woods and stones that are used in a modern way. The kitchen, for example, is a bleached walnut, which allows for the beautiful character of the wood to read through, but the lighter tone is modern. The blue de savoie stone backsplash is honed to expose the natural elements of the material. Additionally, we designed a line of plumbing specifically for this project with Watermark, which is based in Brooklyn. The handle of the faucets are inspired by a stud, that play off both the artistic history of Soho and the refined jewelry of the high end vendors that currently define Soho.
NYS: What would you say is the biggest draw about this unit?
Studio DB: One of the most exciting aspects of Penthouse A is its diversity of spaces. The grand three level staircase is airy and spacious, connects all the levels of the penthouse, and is juxtaposed with intimate rooms like the den and master bedroom. The three terraces, which include an outdoor wood-burning fireplace and a hot-tub are spectacular.
BKSK Architects: The moment of looking out underneath the brow, out to the terrace below,
and to the view beyond from the master bedroom is a favorite.
NYS: Did you tailor the building and its interiors to the neighborhood? If so, in what way?
Quinlan Development Group and Tavros Development Partners: The designers focused on respecting the history of the neighborhoods that they work in while also offering a fresh perspective. One Vandam is very much a part of Soho, but it is also a crossroads of Tribeca and the West Village, which have their own influences. The paneled system of the façade, for example, influenced the design, inspiring the frames that surround the kitchens, the vanity designs, and the variegated pattern of the dual-glaze Heath tiles, which were used in the master suite. Additionally, the framed windows in the space were carefully considered to enhance the building's
uniquely elevated perspective of Soho.
NYS: Tell us about the views? Why did you decide to focus so much on them?
BKSK Architects: The site has unique views that change as one gets higher in the building. Similarly, the building with its slender trapezoidal form allows windows for almost every space and 270 degree views at the apex. Penthouse A includes the outside terrace under the brow that is the signature expression of the building. The panoramic views from the multiple terraces, including the roof top terrace, show the southern tip of Manhattan with some of the city's most iconic buildings, Eastern SoHo, and the East Village as an undulating, urban topography. The triple level staircase was deliberately placed on the exterior edges of the penthouse,
where the experience of hovering over the city would be enjoyed daily.
For additional information on One Vandam's Penthouse A please contact Sean Murphy Turner at STurner@stribling.com.
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