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A new look at Blumenfeld’s Bjarke Ingels-designed Harlem project

The “black satin” facade was “inspired by an elephant’s skin”

October 27, 2016 02:45PM

145 East 125th Street (credit: Blumenfeld Development Group)

145 East 125th Street (credit: Blumenfeld Development Group)

Blumenfeld Development Group unveiled new renderings for its Bjarke Ingels-designed East Harlem rental project.

145 East 125th Street rooftop (credit: Blumenfeld Development Group)

145 East 125th Street rooftop (credit: Blumenfeld Development Group)

The 233-unit mixed-use project at 145 East 126th Street, named Gotham East 126th, will have deep-gray exteriors and elephant-inspired finishes. As in the preliminary renderings for the 232,000-square-foot project, the new designs show a curved facade along 126th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues, with the leg of the T-shaped structure cantilevering over Blumenfeld’s Gotham Plaza, at 163 East 125th Street.

The new designs show a deep-gray exterior with black stainless steel panels alternating with windows to create a checkered look. Ingels said the design was “inspired by an elephant’s skin” and told Curbed that he opted for a “black stain finish” to reflect sunlight.

145 East 125th Street Lobby (credit: Blumenfeld Development Group)

145 East 125th Street Lobby (credit: Blumenfeld Development Group)

The interiors will include a “cacophony of Caribbean colors” in the common areas inspired by Ingels’ travels to Jamaica, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico. The lobby will double as an art gallery featuring artwork from local artists.

145 East 125th Street (credit: Blumenfeld Development Group)

145 East 125th Street (credit: Blumenfeld Development Group)

The building will have 34,444 square feet devoted to commercial use on the first two floors, and will include around 46 affordable Units. Blumenfeld secured $77 million in financing from the State Housing Financing Agency and AIG last month.

The Danish architect’s Bjarke Ingels Group is also behind the pyramid-shaped Via57 on 57th Street and 2 World Trade Center. [Curbed]Chava Gourarie

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