Robert A.M. Stern and Related Head Back to the Upper East Side
by mike olson
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: An apartment curated by Wally Findlay Galleries; Morning Symphony by
Zvonimir Mihanovic; The Brompton’s lobby; Carrot Girl by Priscilla Heine
Residential real estate wasn’t always dominated by the boldfaced names of the architecture world. In fact, it was only 12 years ago that developer Related Architecture and Interiors first turned to the renowned Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP to design a luxury condominium—the Chatham on East 65th Street—ushering in an era that saw Mike Brady give way to Frank Gehry. And though Stern, who is dean of the Yale School of Architecture in his downtime, continues to collaborate with Related on projects in the West Village (Superior Ink) and Upper West Side (The Harrison), it is The Brompton, rising 22 Gothic-inspired stories on the corner of East 85th Street and Third Avenue, that currently has the spotlight.
The Upper East Side is no stranger to luxury, but with The Brompton, Related ups the ante. The building’s red-brick and limestone façade, a lobby chockful of cherry wood and marble and interiors with maple cabinetry have all the hallmarks of a pre-war, albeit one that boasts every conceivable modern amenity (the developers are pursuing LEED silver certifi cation). Want to relax? Head to the residents’ lounge or landscaped outdoor terrace. Need a workout? Chase the rug rats through the kids’ playroom or pump iron at the Equinox (Related owns the chain, after all) downstairs.
“The entrance on 85th Street is townhouse scaled, leading you past two garden courts,” adds Alicia Goldstein, Related’s senior VP of marketing and sales. “It really makes you feel you’re in an intimate building.” To guarantee that homey vibe, there’s also the Related Personal Assistant, a 24-hour concierge service that offers everything from helping you with restaurant reservations to arranging for your utilities to be hooked up.
With more than 80 percent of its 164 residences sold, the Brompton doesn’t need to make a hard sell. Still, Related has teamed with 140-year-old Wally Findlay Galleries to curate one of the few remaining apartments, a four-bedroom penthouse with Impressionist and contemporary artwork. “We’ve all walked into empty white cubes where everything is drab,” says gallery director Stephanie B. Clark. “Here, we fill a house with art and imagine the family who might live there.” This particular “family” enjoys an Asian inspired master bedroom and Africa-themed study, but they’ll also need a big checkbook for the coffee table (provided by Williams-Sonoma Home).
The remaining units are primarily three- and fourbedrooms and start at $3.25 million, and one unit sold for $6.3 million in January. Hey, no one said living large came cheap. 205 E. 85th St., 212-249- 8505; thebromptonnyc.com
PHOTOGRAPHS BY SCOTT FRANCES (APARTMENT INTERIOR, LOBBY); COURTESY OF WALLY FINDLAY GALLERIES INTERNATIONAL, INC. (CARROT GIRL, MORNING SYMPHONY)
Cover shoot: May/June 2014 issue of Gotham magazine.