DH: I understand that there is art in the building that has been specially curated to fit the space; is this true?
AK: Art has always been central to our practice, as we integrate art and architecture seamlessly in our work. We sought to present the ideas that define our design through the building’s art collection. All 11 pieces in the building are about process, production and are driven by their materiality. Effectively they underscore the process and craft that are at the core of our work at One Hudson Yards. Ultimately, the art and architecture dissolve into each other, creating a truly one-o- a-kind residential experience. DH: Tell me about the design of the One Hudson Yards lobby.
AK: As the threshold to this super-sensory experience of luxury, the lobby realizes an all-encompassing visualization of our ideas and themes. The design started with a challenge from Related to debut never before seen materials that convey sophisticated, contemporary grandeur. Working with a fine art foundry—which fabricates sculptures for iconic artists such as Alexander Calder, Anish Kapoor and Roy Lichtenstein among others—we created a 25-foot-long feature wall of cast bronze panels. Molten bronze is poured over natural linen fabric; as the loosely gathered linen vaporizes, the process imparts the toothy texture of the fabric in a rich organic pallet of cognac, coffee, port, chocolate and shimmering gold tones that evoke the animated presence of Rothko’s famed chapel paintings. This stunning material is complemented with huge backlit planes of richly veined translucent slabs of Brazilian Oro Cristallo Quartzite, creating a play of motion and texture across both materials.
The colors and movement of these two materials inform every aspect of the design of the Lobby. The palette from the bronze and Oro Cristallo is engaged to render more understated elements, such as elegant stone floors inset with bronze, American walnut millwork and leather upholstered walls. The colors and material indexes also reappear in a rich and sophisticated array of fabrics covering the furniture including custom designed pieces which we and others designed.
And of course, there is art. Behind the concierge hangs an exquisite piece by Michel Francois, Instant Gratification, which is made at the same foundry as the bronze wall panels. Scribble, a playful sculpture also by Francois, occupies a niche on axis with the front door, greeting residents as they arrive. A coffee table by the artist Yves Klein is filled with 3,000 sheets of loose gold leaf. And overhead, a bespoke chandelier comprised of almost 400 sculptural hand-blown glass pieces, from Lasvit Glass, spirals through the space, echoing the rich organic qualities and distinctive colors of the bronze panels. There are four varied types of glass in clear and amber tones, enhanced with silver and bronze mica-flakes for visual texture and to direct the refraction of light. Truly this is a magnificent place of arrival—cohesive in its geometries, themes, colors and materials—creating an emotional threshold to One Hudson Yards. DH: And the amenities of which you spoke before?
AK: For us, amenities are truly an extension of the home and afford important opportunities for relaxation, entertainment and wellness. Executed with the same level of custom materials, artistry and craftsmanship, our amenity spaces at One Hudson Yards are unparalleled. For instance, our design for a bowling alley/game room features a Jeff Koons inspired chandelier of multi-colored stainless-steel bowling balls, a neon wall piece quoting The Big Lebowski, custom trapezoidal blue suede wall panels of varying depth, and a wall with over 2,000 stem mounted billiard balls. All accommodate two regulation lanes, foosball and pool tables, shuffle board, video arcade games and a generous kitchen and bar. There is also an athletically themed fireplace lounge, two penthouse party rooms with exterior terraces, a suite of athletic amenities including an 82-foot pool, plunge pool, salt pool and hot tub, all complimented by a spa oasis with sauna and steam room, as well as an indoor basketball court and locker rooms. All are designed to create community within this truly one-of-a-kind residential experience resulting in an emotional luxury of joy. DH: As always, it’s a pleasure to hear you talk about your work. Thank you.