Tadao Ando’s ‘Jewel Box’ Condo at 152 Elizabeth Finally Breaks Threshold, Reaches One Story Height

Posted on: August 1st, 2016 at 5:12 am by
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It’s been a couple years since we checked in with Tadao Ando’s condo project in Little Italy. That time was spent demolishing the former parking garage and, presumably, on underpinning work around the project site. Concrete construction progress really wasn’t too notable until recently.

The new 152 Elizabeth Street (aka 14 Kenmare) is only now sprouting from the corner of plot. As of this week, the steel structure has broken the threshold and sits at one story.

Meanwhile, the branded sales banner stretched across the sidewalk bridge still announces the condos that no one can afford. Seriously. Residences come in two flavors – full floor and half floor. Pricing starts at $6 million and goes way north to $35 million. One of the four-bedroom apartments secured a buyer for the $15.2 million asking price – an apparent record for a non-penthouse sale in the neighborhood.

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The former brick big-boy at the corner of Elizabeth and Kenmare was purchased in 2014 year by Sumaida + Khurana for $21 million. Architect Tadao Ando previously told the Times, “I want to create a space which no one has created before with a very common material which anyone is familiar with and has access to. Concrete can be made anywhere on earth.”

With entry on its namesake street, this new iteration of 152 Elizabeth will rise seven stories (83 feet) and consist of seven apartment units totaling 27,090 square-feet. The penthouse has its own private roofdeck access.

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Completion date was initially at sometime in 2016; give it another couple years.

It’s also worth reiterating that the address resides in the Special Little Italy District, which caps building heights at 85 feet and requires. 152 Elizabeth sits directly across from the Nolitan, an offender which bent those rules into submission…

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