When it comes to delivering an impact within any development, developers and architects regularly collaborate to create awe-inspiring buildings that showcase the full spectrum of where imagination meets construction. Evidence of this can be especially found within New York City alone, which features architecture ranging from high-rises with glass facades to labyrinthine retail outlets featuring products from all over the globe.
However, despite boasting a range that is nearly impossible to encapsulate, many of the country’s most renowned developers and architects are connected by their pursuit of excellence and uncompromising dedication to the highest-quality craftsmanship, design and collaborative practices. This dedication has led to many developers exclusively featuring Gaggenau appliances in their kitchen spaces – a testament to the brand’s timeless appeal and ability to complement an incredibly broad range of design and architecture decisions.
Sometimes, a developer’s vision can focus more on shifting existing paradigms rather than aligning with them. Such is the case with Sumaida + Khurana and LENY, firms dedicated to challenging norms in global real estate development. Sumaida + Khurana and LENY’s collaboration with Pritzker-Prize winning master architect Alvaro Siza resulted in the construction of 611 West 56th Street, the architect’s first building in the U.S.
Blending in With Extravagance
By scouring the globe and trusting their team to know their clients’ needs, Fortune Group consistently places itself in a position to use their discerning and refined taste to identify, implement, and create the most distinct and cultivated spaces in the world. For this firm, understanding customer lifestyle is critical to its ability to deliver the dream of spaces with amazing amenities. The developer prides itself on its ability to capture the sophistication of European brands and incorporate that performance and detail-oriented design into its developments across the South Florida market. Their impact in this area is substantial, featuring stellar projects such as Hyde Resort & Residences, Jade Ocean, Jade Beach and the upcoming Jade Park.
Fortune Group’s confident mindset is featured prominently in the Ritz-Carlton Sunny Isles Beach, a 52-story tower designed by Bernard Fort-Brescia of Arquitectonica with interior designs by Italian designer Michele Bonan in collaboration with the Fortune Group’s own design team. It provides the resident experience that Fortune Group understands that their clients crave, with a curvilinear structure that features sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean as well as cascading terraces, an undeniable extravagance that represents the epitome of luxury living and kitchens featuring the latest Gaggenau appliances.
“Gaggenau not only delivers perfection in performance but also the newness of features and the attention to detail in both design and performance that we know buyers crave,” said Fortune Group President & CEO Edgardo DeFortuna. “When we work to understand our customer lifestyle, Gaggenau is always part of the experience. It’s inherent to our philosophy and approach.”
Where Lightstone derives its architectural inspirations is from an unparalleled ability to understand geographies and demographics, due primarily to its status as the largest privately held real estate and development company serving the full real estate spectrum across 30 states. At 130 William Street, this practice was given shape by globally-renowned architect David Adjaye, who designed a luxury condominium building that drew upon and celebrated the history of downtown Manhattan.
“130 William Street represents a marriage of Downtown Manhattan’s rich culture and modern and sensitive interior spaces that feature a rare combination of the best materials in the world,” Adjaye said. “Our team understood that this building was not one to only be seen, but also felt. Every bit of space has a connection to that idea, and the completed project brings a freshness and celebratory aura to the neighborhood rather than simply a place to live.”
Conversely, Lightstone understood that 40 East End Avenue, a boutique condominium building designed by a dynamic collaboration between Gerner Kronick & Valcarel Architects and Deborah Berke Partners, required that same level of excellence but reflective of an entirely different environment. Here, Lightstone transcended the Upper East Side’s condominium status quo with the curated creation of individual residences designed to be true homes. The result was a much sleeker, brighter, and more vibrant building more representative of the area’s trademark finesse.
Despite this incredible variety, Gaggenau’s appliances are found at both 130 William Street and 40 East End Avenue. According to Scott Avram, Senior Vice President of Development at Lightstone, this is due to Gaggenau’s principles as well as its products’ ability to align with a range of visions.
“Whether it’s on the Upper East Side or Downtown, Gaggenau offers a portfolio of perfection and timeless design,” said Scott Avram, Senior Vice President of Development at Lightstone. “We believe that residents of our buildings must both experience and feel the building each day from the inside and out. Perspectives matter. Details matter. Gaggenau follows those same principles, and our collaborations with them are just as vital to realizing our vision as our collaborations with our architectural and design partners.”
Breaking the Mold
Sometimes, a developer’s vision can focus more on shifting existing paradigms rather than aligning with them. Such is the case with Sumaida + Khurana, a firm dedicated to challenging norms in global real estate development. Sumaida + Khurana’s collaboration with Pritzker-Prize winning master architect Alvaro Siza resulted in the construction of 611 West 56th Street, the architect’s first building in the U.S. This monolithic tower wrapped in Perla Bianca limestone features Gaggenau appliances as well as interiors by Gabellini Sheppard that quietly exude an elevated simplicity and craftsmanship, which offers a blend of space, light, materials, and finishes to create a heightened sense of place. This collaborative approach and focus bring together attention on establishing a new paradigm in global real estate development. With a strong emphasis on refined substance, holistic approaches, and working alongside master architects to profoundly improve upon the foundations of the built environment, Sumaida + Khurana develops seminal buildings through an uncompromising dedication to architecture and craft.
“Our clients appreciate craft and detail,” said Sumaida + Khurana Founding Partner Amit Khurana. “They see reveals and understand nuances, and therefore the minute details are important. Gaggenau appliances deliver on this expectation and fit squarely into our clients’ expectations and love of design, architecture and art. When they look for refined and understated spaces that are not conspicuous, loud, or showy, there is simply no other choice than Gaggenau when it comes to exclusive rarified living and top quality craftsmanship.”
The Common Denominator
Gaggenau, founded in 1683, has clearly earned a reputation as the go-to brand when designing the most modern, sleek, and high-performing kitchens globally. Over its 330-year existence, the brand has developed a keen eye for creating products and appliances that can seamlessly blend in with endless styles of interior design. This reputation is protected by Gaggenau’s incredibly meticulous quality control process, which, in combination with its dedication to crafting the perfect product, makes it easy to understand why the country’s most renowned developers go with Gaggenau without a second thought. By delivering innovative designs unique to its brand, Gaggenau’s products add tremendous value to any units or residences they appear in, creating new opportunities for property owners and exciting possibilities for prospective tenants.
“Our main tenets have always been design, performance, material, and heritage,” said John McDonough, Vice President, National Builder Sales (BSH Home Appliances). “It’s clear that these ideals align with the principles held by prominent real estate developers and architects around the world, and Gaggenau is both honored and proud to be consistently chosen to represent their interests and serve the needs of their clients. These firms represent the most elite names in today’s industry, and the integration of Gaggenau’s product lines are vital parts of turning their residential units into fully realized homes.”
From Start to Finish
The overwhelming consensus regarding Gaggenau’s appliances is particularly notable as the company’s versatility has made it the clear standout, despite the differing demographics these developers target. Each of the buildings highlighted have been subjected to exhaustive market research processes, meticulously seeking to identify the aesthetics, designs and amenities that will satisfy the country’s most demanding and detail-oriented clientele. Additionally, Gaggenau’s flexibility and adaptable designs have kept its products on the brink of innovation for literal centuries. Because of this, many properties begin their architectural and interior designing processes with Gaggenau already in mind, making the task of ensuring that kitchen appliances are woven into the design even simpler. This also keeps property owners ahead of the curve as it pertains to providing residents the amenities and styles they desire and are willing to pay for. Now an iconic name for all who use their appliances, Gaggenau and its ability to distinguish itself as the best option across the board has solidified its status as the common denominator between the country’s top-tier buildings and most renowned architects and developers.