New York - Underway at the epicenter of West SoHo, between Greenwich and Canal Street, is the construction of the luxury condominium building “The Arman”. The name pays homage to the deceased French Nouveau Realiste, Arman, who owned the corner property and maintained it as an outdoor sculpture studio for several decades. The artist, who was a founding member of the 1960’s Nouveau Realisme movement, which included Yves Klein, Niki de Saint Phalle, Cesar and Christo and was considered as one of the most prominent artists of the 20th Century. Most of his production revolved around “accumulations” consisting of everyday objects of garbage and shattered glass, which he deconstructed and recomposed in unusual formations. In 2004, one year before his death, Arman began formulating a plan to build a condo with the architect Karl Fischer and developer, Red Brick Properties. Arman was not interested in the actual condos and was most concerned with prominently displaying a 24-30 ft tall bronze sculpture of his work on its façade. After his death, his widow Corice Arman, continued with her late husband’s planned condo building.
The Arman condos have been designed to conform to the artist’s philosophy of “new perspectives”, combining KFA Architect’s sleek building design and GRADE’s innovative interior architecture to create the perfect harmony of aesthetics for comfortable living environments. Each condo layout is spacious, and intimate with finely curated finishes and accents including a combination of Silver Travertine, Fiorde Bosco and Calacatta Vagli marbles paired with white oak cabinets and oak flooring. Within each condo are top of line Sub-Zero and Miele appliances, Axor fixtures, Kohler bathing tubs, and Toto commodes. Floors three to seven have an interior space of 2,488 square feet and consist of three bedrooms and bathrooms, one powder room and an exterior balcony of 32 square feet. But, the best space offered is the duplex penthouse that’s terrace space alone is over 2,000 square feet!
Eight units have already hit the market, as of January 2012 at just under $4 million for one unit. And I imagine that the remaining units of the Arman will not be on the market for very long. The Arman is truly the lap of luxury- boasting panoramic views of the Hudson River from the private foyers and grand living rooms. Plus, the incredible 24-30 ft tall bronze Arman sculpture, which will rest on the building’s south side, makes it the most unique and artistic condo to be built in the area.
Can’t you imagine sitting out on the terrace, bathed in sunlight with a warm cup of coffee gazing out at the Hudson River. I certainly can. And I have to ask who wouldn’t want to live in the Arman?
The Arman, 482 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY 10013
Archi & Design - Architecture
by Sara West | Wednesday, 18 July 2012