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One Madison Park (left) cuts a svelte figure in the Manhattan skyline thanks to a design concept in which pods cantilever from the buildings main shaft.

One Madison Park, New York

One Madison Park, New York

  • One Madison Park (left) cuts a svelte figure in the Manhattan skyline thanks to a design concept in which pods cantilever from the buildings main shaft.

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    One Madison Park (left) cuts a svelte figure in the Manhattan skyline thanks to a design concept in which pods cantilever from the buildings main shaft.

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    David Sundberg

    One Madison Park cuts a svelte figure in the Manhattan skyline thanks to a design concept in which pods cantilever from the buildings main shaft.

  • CetraRuddy used rooftop dampers to help provide stability and minimize the sway of the 50-story tower.

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    CetraRuddy used rooftop dampers to help provide stability and minimize the sway of the 50-story tower.

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    David Sundberg

    CetraRuddy used rooftop dampers to help provide stability and minimize the sway of the 50-story tower.

  • The firm also placed lateral bracing at the center of the units (between rooms and shafts) instead of the perimeter to reduce the impact on room layouts.

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    The firm also placed lateral bracing at the center of the units (between rooms and shafts) instead of the perimeter to reduce the impact on room layouts.

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    David Sundberg

    The firm also placed lateral bracing at the center of the units (between rooms and shafts) instead of the perimeter to reduce the impact on room layouts.

  • The pods give the structure a sense of lightness, say the architects at CetraRuddy. Floor-to-ceiling glass in each unit provides abundant views of the city.

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    The pods give the structure a sense of lightness, say the architects at CetraRuddy. Floor-to-ceiling glass in each unit provides abundant views of the city.

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    David Sundberg

    The pods give the structure a sense of lightness, say the architects at CetraRuddy. Floor-to-ceiling glass in each unit provides abundant views of the city.

  • Massing design.

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    Massing design.

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    Massing design.

  • A rendering perspective from 23rd Street.

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    A rendering perspective from 23rd Street.

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    A rendering perspective from 23rd Street.

  • Slosh tank engineering.

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    Slosh tank engineering.

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    Slosh tank engineering.

  • Becasue of the three-sided glass, almost every kitchen and bath has access to natural daylight.

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    Becasue of the three-sided glass, almost every kitchen and bath has access to natural daylight.

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    David Sundberg

    Becasue of the three-sided glass, almost every kitchen and bath has access to natural daylight.

cetraruddy
new york

One Madison Park won our judges’ approval for its sheer audacity as well as for its outright sheerness. “This one wins on proportion and elegance,” one judge said. “It’s pretty damn amazing.”

Overlooking Madison Square Park on Manhattan’s East Side, the 50-story tower rises 618 feet and is clad in dark bronze glass. The architects used a modular, plug-in design concept that is expressed through six-story glass pods that essentially hang off the building’s main shaft, giving residents a 270-degree view of the city. The pods, the architects say, “deconstruct the building’s mass and give it a sense of lightness.”

Apartments feature floor-to-ceiling glass, with windows in almost every kitchen and bathroom. The design team at CetraRuddy located lateral bracing between rooms and shafts (instead of around the perimeter) to minimize impact on the layouts in the loftlike units. Additionally, because the building is so tall and thin, the architects used rooftop dampers to stabilize the towers in the event of strong winds.

The project offers a mix of unit types as well as all the amenities of a luxury building, including a spa, outdoor terrace, fitness room, wine cellar, multipurpose room, and two pools. Another judge summed up the results with architectlike austerity: “They did a nice job.”


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