Architect Soo Chan Enlivens Ultra-Luxe Midtown

Last month, the site at 116-118 East 59th Street was cleared, and the Department of Buildings revealed that the space would be filled by a $330 million residential tower, a new addition to the now infamous Billionaires’ Row.

Architecture firm SCDA is designing a swanky switchback skyscraper, according to their teaser renderings that show images of common areas. SCDA starchitect Soo Khian Chan is heading the exterior and interior design of the building, constructing a striated, tapering tower with a facade completely made of glass. Angled cubes alternate upwards, allowing for unobstructed views of Central Park and the East River. The 29-unit luxury condominium will have a two-story, 6,000 square foot retail base that will likely house high end boutiques to attract the Madison Avenue shopping set. The 70,000 square feet above it will house luxury residences, with the 6th-31st serving as full-floor apartments. Two duplexes will take up the 32nd-38th floors, along with one 5,000 square foot triplex.

The residences will feature solid oak flooring, custom marble kitchens with European wood cabinetry and Gaggenau appliances, and floor to ceiling windows. The tower’s amenities package will include residents’ lounge, massage rooms, fitness center, indoor pool, and a landscaped roof terrace.

Sales for tower, whose official Midtown address is 118 East 58th Street, is slated for this fall, and the project looks to be completed in 2017.

Singapore-based Soo Chan is also the design mastermind behind another buzz-worthy luxury condo, the Soori High Line. This SCDA luxe residential building, located near the Chelsea High Line, got lots of press when it hit the market last year for its private heated pools and “neo-tropical architecture”.

Soo Chan has a reputation for his unique Asian-inspired design aesthetic that marries indoor and outdoor spaces, creating urban oases that are unexpected and ultra luxe. How that will reflect in his new Billionaires’ Row skyscraper remains to be seen.

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