Rising to 22 stories with 78 condominium units, 1399 Park Avenue emerges as a beacon alongside the Park Avenue Railroad viaduct in East Harlem, New York City. The sculptural form is composed of architectural concrete, metal and glass. With the building rising through a "Mondrian-like” composition of interlocking cubes and volumes resembling a series of nested cubes suspended from a solid vertical spine. The building is a true expression of New York City urban design traditions, merging zoning, function and aesthetics into a singular sculptural form. Despite its height and size, 1399 Park has the ambiance of a boutique residence. The scale of the lobby and the amenities provide all that a resident could hope for without sacrificing a feeling of intimacy. An integral part of the 5th floor amenity space is a lounge that spills out onto a terrace and seamlessly blends interior and exterior space. Even the furniture defies boundaries as the bar/table/grill element penetrates the glass between the lounge and the terrace.

The site’s zoning challenges led to some unique moves that helped to shape the form while also still allowing for function. The mass was first informed by zoning needs, then took sculptural form with deliberate manipulation by the designers. A cube hovers above other forms as the central shape around which other forms wrap. Large exposed columns and a recessed amenity terrace at the 5th floor augment the impression of a hovering cube separated from other forms by voids all around. Glass surfaces increase as the building rises to allow for unobstructed views. Private terraces wrap the building at multiple levels and capture spectacular views of a vibrant surrounding neighborhood.

Hill West created a landmark in the Harlem skyline by combining function and aesthetic in a tower that Harlem can be proud of.



22 stories
72 units
Uses glass and concrete as a focal point for the entry way

Hill West Architects
Whitehall Interiors
Heritage Real Estate Partners