Earlier this week, David Chipperfield, founder of his eponymous London-based firm, joined Ziel Feldman, chairman and founder of HFZ Captial Group, as well as other architects, developers, prospective condo buyers, and reporters for the topping out of The Byrant, a 34-story luxury condominium and hotel tower adjacent Bryant Park.
HFZ Captial Group is the developer behind the project, which will feature an unconventional palette: terrazzo on the interior and precast concrete panels on the exterior. Both the terrazzo and precast concrete feature a light-gray color flecked with blue and red stones. Chipperfield mentioned that he had to fight to keep this material choice, and while the British architect was grim on the quality of Manhattan developer projects, and even grimmer on the status of craftsmanship in American architecture, the tower is going up terrazzo and all.
The Bryant hopes to capitalize on its prime location in the heart of Manhattan and the access to dining, cultural venues, retail, etc. that goes with it. Proximity to Bryant Park is, of course, a major selling point as well—from our perch hundreds of feet above the streetscape, attendees could clearly see the Bryant Park ice rink being constructed. Chipperfield is no stranger to the area, having led the restoration of the nearby art deco American Radiator Building (now The Bryant Park Hotel) some ten years ago.
The Bryant’s 57 lux apartments will feature expansive views, loads of marble surfaces, and nearly 10-foot-tall ceilings. The lower floors will also feature a hotel. The architects and developers expect the project will be completed by the spring of 2017.