One Building, Three Looks: A new condominium in Long Island City has sections that feature distinct architectural styles: industrial metal, old-school brick and curtain wall glass.

November 16, 2018

New York buildings come in a variety of architectural styles, but typically each building has just one. A condominium under construction in Long Island City, though, will bring three styles into a single project.

 

Named Galerie and designed by ODA New York for Adam America, the 11-story complex on Jackson Avenue, directly across from MoMA P. S. 1, will reference building types found throughout the Queens neighborhood. Concrete-framed sections of the facade have factory style windows that hark back to the steel versions on the area’s 19th-century industrial plants. Sections with more traditional punched-out windows are brick, like the older portion of P.S.1. And a curtain-wall component at the top of the complex resembles the glassy structures prevalent across the city today (and provides unfettered views of the Manhattan skyline).

 

The segments fit together like puzzle pieces, giving the large, 182-unit project the feel of a cluster of smaller buildings and thus bringing a more modest scale to an area that has seen its share of looming, straight-up towers.

 

“Long Island City almost has a desperate craving for a sense of community and character,” said Eran Chen, ODA’s founder and executive director.

 

Mr. Chen knew about the site — which borders the Sunnyside rail yard — long before he got the commission. He had already designed a rental building on the same block.

 

Dvir Cohen Hoshen, co-founder of Adam America, admired that building — an 11-story tower with boxy segments that jut out from the facade, creating terraces for the apartments above them — and asked ODA to design a condo version of it that would fill out the block. Instead, Mr. Chen came up with his three-styles-in-one design, which has an H-shaped footprint.

 

The south-facing opening in the H will become a grassy courtyard, with ground-floor amenities, including an indoor pool, looking out onto the green space. Paris Forino, the interior designer for the project, is adding drama to this level with muscular arches in warm white oak.

The building’s name and certain features, like a display window for a rotating selection of paintings, prints and sculpture, play off the project’s proximity to P. S. 1 and the many artists’ studios in the area.

 

Long Island City, which offers an easy commute to Midtown Manhattan on public transportation and which will soon become home to an Amazon headquarters, has been evolving as a residential community. Many buildings that went up after a 2001 rezoning were high-rise rentals. Now condominium projects are being added to the residential mix.

 

 

 

Galerie’s apartments — two-thirds of them are one- and two-bedrooms — went on sale in February, and over 30 percent are now in contract, according to Halstead Property Development Marketing, which is handling sales. The complex has been attracting renters in the area who are ready to graduate to homeownership, according to Brendan Aguayo, a managing director at Halstead.

 

Galerie is luring out-of-towners, too. Buyers from New Jersey are making “a strong showing,” according to Mr. Aguayo, who had a 3D-printed map of the area made for the sales gallery to help outsiders get to know the neighborhood.

 

Although condos elsewhere in the city have long offered finish options — buyers often get to choose from a “dark” or “light” palette for kitchen cabinetry, for instance — this may be the first time a project offers window options (all with special sound-buffering glazing to address the noise from Jackson Avenue and the rail yards). Modernists may gravitate to units in the section with glass curtain walls, for instance.

 

Or that’s the theory anyway.

 

According to Mr. Aguayo, buyers are focusing less on the window styling and more on apartment size, layout and, of course, price. Apartments range from $550,000 for a studio to $2,550,000 for a three-bedroom penthouse.

 

 

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