Press Release


New York, NY (October 25, 2010) GF55 Partners, an architecture and interior design firm based in New York City, has announced the completion of six multi family residential buildings in which they were the architects and interior designers. These buildings, located in the Harlem area of Manhattan and the Cobble Hill area of Brooklyn, are of a variety of architectural scales and styles. They represent examples of GF55’s design and professional range.

2280 FDB is a 12-Story mixed income building with 89 condo units in 147,000 SF. The façade is a composition of metal panels, brick and pre cast concrete. It has a large cornice that unites the various elements. The building is scaled to be compatible with Frederick Douglas Boulevard.

271 West 122nd Street is a boutique condo with 4 units in a narrow 20 foot 6 story building. It is a clean design of glass metal and concrete panels. Its scale is consistent with the side street but stylistically it provides a modern contrast.

88 Morningside at 122nd Street is a market rate condo and overlooks Morningside Park. It rises 12 stories with 74 units in an 83,400 SF building. It has been designed to be competitive with other high end buildings in Manhattan. Its design is very graphic with two shades of dark grey brick, glass balconies and vertical white glass elements flanking the building. Curated Designs did the interiors.

In Brooklyn, GF55 worked closely with the Community Board, City Planning and HPD to arrive at a sympathetic solution that respects the local character of the Cobble Hill area. Facing the BQE on the east but also along quiet townhouse lined streets, the buildings are contextual and historic in character. Two blocks were re-zoned to create opportunities for increased density. The heights of the buildings were limited by agreement to six stories.

100 Congress is a high-end apartment condominium with 35 units in a 35,340 SF building. The design is meant to recall local factory buildings nearby in Red Hook with various reveals and textural brick details. The long facades have a trabeated pattern of vertical pilaster elements with horizontal windows. 414 Hicks Street and Columbia Commons are connected, but distinct buildings.

They were designed in a traditional historic manner with large cornices, window pediments and rusticated base stone. 414 Hicks is a 94 unit building of 107,000 SF that faces the BQE and is scaled as a block long building. Columbia Commons contains 42 high end condominium apartments in a 52,000 SF structure which are scaled to the side streets and take their design cues from the adjacent townhouses of Cobble Hill. The entire assemblage has modern amenities such as a shared courtyard, a gym, onsite laundry, a package room, and parking.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with the partners, please contact Glenna Gross.