234E23 is a 20-story condominium building with 57 units located in the Gramercy neighborhood. Hill West created a contextual brick building reminiscent of a historic Soho-style warehouse with a contemporary twist. The tower maximizes views of Gramercy Park with large, mullioned windows that are nearly floor-to-ceiling. The selected brick is eroded and aged to feel as though it has been part this neighborhood for years. Metal fins rise up the building from an elegant chiseled and scored stone base to the top of the tower, emphasizing the building’s verticality. The fins frame window openings to make the windows feel as though they are part of a deep masonry wall; the hallmark of a quality historic structure. These same fins continue, uninterrupted to form the parapet railing of the amenity roof terrace, a thoughtful detail that adds to the slender quality of the tower.
There are only five units per floor on lower levels, two units per floor on upper levels and a duplex penthouse with direct elevator access. Private terraces allow for city and park views from the gracious units, many of which have double exposures in living rooms and windowed kitchens. The building features amenity spaces such as a state of the art fitness center and two roof top amenity terraces. The inspiration may have been born in the warehouse aesthetic but the execution is one of refined luxury in Gramercy Park.