Hectic schedules and city living can take a toll on any person’s health and well-being. But what if that could all be erased—or at least alleviated—with living spaces designed to your every need? Gal Nauer, chief designer and president of Gal Nauer Architects (GNA), has embraced what she calls a “fantastic urban development,” where modern day living caters to a resident’s lifestyle. From contemporary, luxury residences in Tribeca to boutique hotels in Europe, GNA is on a mission to create villas in the sky that weave the grandeur of the past with the ideas of the future. We sat down with Nauer to chat about her craft.
What is your architectural philosophy when it comes to designing a contemporary building or renovating a landmark property? GAL NAUER: I like to look at a project in its totality, at both its exterior and interior design. We view our product as one continuous experience. Conversion projects are my favorite because they have a history and a special story, but we are building a new life into that old regime. It’s a unique experience tying all the pieces together.
Was The Plaza renovation one of these unique experiences? GN: The Plaza renovation was unlike any otherproject. It was full of surprises. And it was like a history class. It was really fascinating because of all the hidden corridors and sub-cellars. We were shown the railroad tracks in the sub-cellar that dated back to the original Plaza in 1907. We wanted to bring back the grandness and beauty that is in its bones, but we had to peel back layers to bring back the authenticity.
What are some of GNA’s recent developments? GN: Nowadays people want to live in a building where white-glove service can translate into their everyday lifestyle. At 250 West Street in Tribeca, which used to be a warehouse, we have 110 residences that are family oriented with open terraces, a pool, gym, roof terrace with barbecue area and other life and wellness amenities. Many people bring work home with them, but they do not want to work in their bedrooms. For this reason we dedicated space to business centers in many of our new residences and hotels. In Tel Aviv we’ve developed Bavli, a family oriented neighborhood of six high-rise residential buildings with canopy rooftops situated next to the “central park,” Hayarkon Park, of Tel Aviv. With bike path access to the Mediterranean as well as the main commercial strips, this green development is about connecting real people to the earth and providing them with access to all their surroundings instead of being an overly “techy” skyscraper.
What are other popular demands for modern day living? GN: Developers’ lists are growing richer for hotels featuring business centers, cigar lounges, club floors and rooftop pools and terraces which serve as a whole entertainment area. They want to create a complete lifestyle experience in one building.