Even the most casual architecture observers will likely recognize a Robert A.M. Stern Architects–designed residential building. There’s the style—a glorious melding of classic and cosmopolitan. Then there are the heights—inching close to 1,000 feet in the case of 220 Central Park South and nearly 800 feet at 520 Park Avenue, which features Manhattan’s highest balconies.
There are also the materials—creamy limestone-clad facades that evoke a sense of glamour and timelessness at buildings such as 520 Park Avenue, 30 Park Place, and 15 Central Park West. And, of course, the prices: some of the most stratospheric in the world including the most expensive apartment ever sold in the U.S.— a $238 million four-floor penthouse aerie at the Stern-designed 220 Central Park South that went into contract last year.
Now Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA) is set to launch what could be the architect’s most distinctive residential project yet—1228 Madison Avenue. A bijoux building in Manhattan’s Carnegie Hill, the development houses a mere 15 cooperatives tucked into a striking tower featuring limestone at the base and a tri-tone blend of gray brick with cast-stone accents above.
Inside, there are surprisingly contemporary interiors created by AD100 designer Kelly Behun, best known for her recent collaborations with everyone from The Rug Companyto Hudson Valley Lighting. “This is my first residential building,” enthused Behun this week just as 1228 Madison Avenue was about to launch sales. “But pairing the project with Robert Stern felt super compelling and really just sealed the deal.”
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