Tadao Ando reveals concrete and glass
apartment block for Lower Manhattan


News: Japanese architect Tadao Ando has unveiled designs for his first building in New York City – a seven-storey concrete apartment block in Nolita.

Proposed for a site on the corner of Kenmare and Elizabeth Streets in Lower Manhattan, the 3,000-square-metre structure is designed by Tadao Ando to "embrace the industrial character of the area".

It will be constructed using in-situ concrete, galvanised steel and large expanses of glazing – materials that Ando has used for many projects, from his 1989 Church of the Light in Osaka to the recently completed art and design school at the University of Monterrey.

152 Elizabeth Street by Tadao Ando in New York

The building will accommodate eight residences, ranging between 175 and 450 square metres, and with between two and five bedrooms.

Ando will also create a large rooftop terrace, featuring a shallow reflective pool.

Named 152 Elizabeth Street, the project is commissioned by New York developer Sumaida + Khurana. It will feature interiors by local firm Gabellini Sheppard Associates, who will also act as the architect of record.

152 Elizabeth Street by Tadao Ando in New York

Construction is set to begin later this year, with completion scheduled for 2016.

Ando is the latest in a series of high-profile architects working on luxury housing developments in New York. Shigeru Ban is working on a renovation in Tribeca, while Zaha Hadid has a new building going up beside the High Line.

  • I really like the shade of grey they’ve used.

  • amsam

    Hm, two close-up renders and a rough pen sketch don’t make for much of a “reveal”.

    • yuki yamanote

      This is an absolutely fantastic hand sketch. So subtle and yet sensitive. Absolute masterpiece!

      • ansan

        Really? My grannie can draw better with her toes.

  • Gilbert

    Bringing sanity back to architecture/towers.

  • Bruce Lee

    If I wanted to sleep in my office, I’d sleep in my office.

  • Colonel Pancake

    It looks great. Hopefully it sets a new mindset in NY condo design, which has been overwhelmed in the last 10 years by over-designed eyesores. It’s nice to see somebody striving for inconspicuousness.

  • SCAQTony

    Is there anything special about this concrete mix? Nothing was mentioned in the article. I know they have super concrete now, was just wondering.

  • Concerned Citizen

    How clever. Yet ANOTHER concrete and glass building in New York .