Long Island City, NY (July 1, 2015)-GF55 Partners unveils rendering for 43rd Avenue Condos at 25-21 43rd Avenue in Long Island City. Rising 9-stories with 86 condominium units, the 90,000 square foot Ekstein Development Group project is located directly over a subway line tunnel. This became both a challenge and inspiration for architecture firm, GF55 Partners.
“This affected the placement of foundations and the load bearing on the soil surrounding the tunnel infrastructure,” said Leonard Fusco, AIA, Partner-in-charge at GF55. “The solution was to integrate a cantilever steel truss building support system into the façade design.” GF55 also embraced the angular site boundaries by making it a design element featuring the bold triangular trusses at street level and creating acute angle balconies at the building’s corner.
“We worked closely with the structural engineers, GACE Consulting Engineers, PC, to devise a façade that would showcase the base structural support and enable the pedestrian to experience it,” said Jose Germosen, Project Manager at GF55. “The design gives the development a distinctive identity that draws inspiration from and connects with its environment.”
The building emulates the industrial heritage of the neighborhood with a modern approach. The brick brings it back to the area’s manufacturing past while the exposed structural elements, glass and metal panel arrangement make it contemporary and contextual. The main entry is right under a triangular steel truss with a glass canopy overhead. The lobby will feature a hanging wood ceiling with pendant lights, large wall mural, metal wall panels, and a textured wall. The tenant lounge is adjacent to the lobby and carries through the material palette along with metal drapery. The ground floor has 17 residential parking spaces and a bike room for 45 bicycles. The 2nd floor will have residential units, an outdoor terrace, and recreation space. Floors 3 thru 9 will have residences ranging from studios to 3 bedrooms. The unit interiors will have hard wood floors, high-end stainless steel appliances and contemporary fixtures. The rooftop has a public terrace with an entertainment area/bar and 2 private terraces.
A 3-story house and 2 small factory buildings previously on the site have been demolished and construction is underway. The development is under the Quality Housing and Long Island City special district guidelines with an estimated completion date of January 2017.