Scarano Architect PLLC. MEMBER AIA

Scarano Architect

East 53rd Street

East 53rd Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano jr.

Completion Date: August 2005

Location: Upper East side-Manhattan

325 East 53rd Street was designed to address the needs of the affluent homebuyer of Manhattan. Large family style apartments were required in a setting that would be a-typical to the traditional brownstone or walk-up building.

An elevator was a mandate in order to give all the units outdoor recreation spaces, which could only be accommodated on the roof.

The design for this building was determined by the context of, and the desire to create an urban statement. While cut stone was the original material to be used throughout the facade, it was later determined that a mixture of masonry would be added in order to make the building aesthetics more appealed. A tripartite facade contains a base, middle and top was used to keep a classically massed scheme.

A combination of poured-in-place concrete and masonry block bearing walls was used due to its inherent strength, flexibility and ease of erection.

All apartments contain individual heating systems, which employ separately zoned heating and cooling units. The final cost of construction was $2.8 million.