Foster + Partners takes to Midtown Manhattan with the design of ‘Selene,’ a luxury condominium tower. The neighborhood marks the epicenter for luxury living in New York. Formally, it responds to the precedent set by two neighboring twentieth-century Modernist icons – SOM’s 21-storey Lever House of 1952 and Mies van der Rohe’s 38-story Seagram Building of 1958. Within the tower, apartments range from one-bedrooms to a duplex full-floor penthouse. Each opens up with lofty, eleven-foot-high ceilings, and walls of full-height glass flood the interiors in natural sunlight. This 61-storey residential tower has a pure white façade with undulating glass.
With a total of 94 apartments, there are two main design typologies that distinguish them. ‘Loft Apartments’ are inspired by New York’s downtown industrial loft style living with art gallery type spaces and finishes. These apartments occupy the lower floors where the floor sizes are larger, and views engage more with the urban energy of New York’s street life. Loft apartments feature architectural concrete walls, diamond-polished high-grade concrete flooring, and ribbed concrete ceilings.
Second type of residences are the ‘Tower Apartments’, which are on the upper floors with commanding views of the city with high ceilings. These apartments utilize a more traditional material palette consisting of large plank white oak flooring, aged oak cabinetry and White Carrara marble kitchen surrounds. Shared amenities for residents are located on the third and fourth floors, including a full wellness center with a 60-foot-long lap pool, fitness rooms, yoga & ballet studios, steam & sauna rooms, a library and multimedia room.