Related Companies, in partnership with Mitsui Fudosan America, today announced the launch of sales at The Cortland in the West Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. The luxury condominium building designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, with interiors by Olson Kundig, is the first partnership between the world-renowned architectural firms and reflects their signature styles, shared dedication to craftsmanship and deep understanding of how people want to live. Located at 555 West 22nd Street, The Cortland’s remarkable location across from Hudson River Park offers the rare opportunity to enjoy both park and river views.
“We are proud to officially launch sales at The Cortland, a truly design-driven building that represents a remarkable collaboration between two icons, Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Olson Kundig,” said Andrew Orchulli, senior vice president at Related Companies. “The classic exterior, modern interiors and hospitality-driven amenities will deliver a living experience that is only available at The Cortland.”
“We've designed a building with bold, simple gestures that will be clearly recognizable from great distances,” said Paul Whalen, partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects. “As the neighborhood continues its transition from its history as a place of warehouses and light industrial buildings to its future as a prime residential location, we worked to capture the romance of its recent past with a building that is at once progressive and historic.”
The Cortland’s intricate façade features a mix of limestone, brick and metal detailing and uses over one million hand-made and hand-laid bricks. "We have drawn on West Chelsea’s historic mix of robust brick and industrial architecture infusing The Cortland’s exterior with character, warmth and texture while fitting comfortably into the fabric of the neighborhood," said Robert A.M. Stern, founder and senior partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Large slabs of LaSalle limestone used on the façade evoke more classical design elements, and contrast with the warm textured hues of the hand-laid “five-color brick blend” bricks and the project’s decorative bronze metal detailing and riveted bay windows that echo the structural cross-ties on the nearby High Line, and allude to New York City’s industrial beginnings.
The Cortland is the first large-scale multi-unit project on the East Coast with interiors by Olson Kundig, the Seattle-based architecture firm beloved for their warm and inviting minimalism and use of kinetic architectural elements in their work. The Cortland’s interiors reflect Olson Kundig’s refined West Coast aesthetic—sophisticated, luxurious and comfortable.
“Our design for The Cortland expresses the yin and yang of old and new, established and modern,” said Tom Kundig FAIA, RIBA, owner and design principal of Olson Kundig. “Robert A.M. Stern Architects’ design for The Cortland’s exterior relates to the neighborhood’s historic architectural language, while the interiors provide a complementary, updated feel. By focusing on materiality and craft, and incorporating an eclectic sensibility, the design plays on the creative and bohemian nature of West Chelsea’s art scene.”
Offering 144 expansive residences and nearly 20,000 square feet of tailored amenities and services, the building focuses on health and comfort, forward-looking technology and elevated operation, while continuing Related Companies’ legacy of excellence in high-design residential development.
The expansive residences at The Cortland were uniquely crafted to take advantage of the building’s waterfront location. Homes at The Cortland feature high ceilings, and numerous multifunctional spaces provide flexibility throughout. Open-plan living and dining areas feature oak wood flooring in addition to floor-to-ceiling windows that invite residents to enjoy stunning views of the Hudson River. Marble fireplaces designed by Olson Kundig and outdoor terraces are also available in select homes.
A Grand Entry
Using a sophisticated mix of stone, metal and wood, The Cortland features an exclusive brick motor court accessible via a limestone archway. The motor court features lush landscaping and is staffed 24 hours, providing residents with around-the-clock access to the project’s on-site private parking.
Once indoors, The Cortland’s double-height lobby is lined with Italian marble and paldao wood, giving it a warm and soothing feeling. The space is anchored by a bespoke Olson Kundig-designed kinetic wheel operated fireplace with the Monumental Cloud Series Light Sculpture Stratus, a bronze and onyx light fixture by German Sculptor Markus Haase commissioned exclusively for The Cortland and featured in a solo exhibition at Design Miami Basel in Switzerland, at its center.
Hospitality-Driven Service and Amenities
The building will also offer tailored programming and exclusive benefits and services through the unparalleled Related Life platform run by dedicated lifestyle experts for a hospitality-driven living experience.
Adjacent to the lobby is The Cortland’s free-flowing event lounge, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and a bronze metal paneled fireplace. With a dedicated back-of-house catering kitchen, the multi-functional area transforms into the perfect space for every occasion, whether an intimate dinner party or a larger event. Residents also have access to a private rooftop terrace featuring multiple seating and grilling areas, a VR room for enjoying the latest VR content and a screening room that can also double as a performance space complete with a stage and backstage area.
The Cortland’s health and wellness amenities include a 11,200-square-foot health club with a 75-foot lap pool, a private wood-lined yoga and fitness studio, a pilates studio, an accredited “Harrow Court” squash court that can also can be used to play basketball and the “Crow’s Nest” lounge, which features a golf simulator and sitting area with bar, offering residents an immersive virtual gaming experience with access to over 84 golf courses and other engaging sports, such as baseball, hockey, soccer, dodgeball and many more. The club’s spa-amenities include men’s and women’s infrared sauna and steam rooms, and a wood-lined treatment room.
The building also features a number of dedicated spaces for all ages including Sandbox Powered by Related, a STEAM-focused maker space to create, invent and learn; a double-height “Beluga Pod” Children’s Playroom, a colorfully immersive two-level children’s playroom that draws inspiration from the marine environment that defines the western edge of Manhattan, as well as whale sightings in the river; a game room with lounge seating and activities including ping pong, foosball and shuffleboard; and a leisure pool, a child-friendly pool with a glass portal looking up into the children’s playroom.
Located in one of New York City’s most in-demand neighborhoods, The Cortland reflects everything West Chelsea is beloved for: a world-famous art scene, culinary destinations, retail, diverse lifestyle attractions and striking contemporary architecture. The neighborhood is adjacent to vibrant destinations including NYC’s most famous park, the High Line, Hudson River Park, a 550-acre oasis along the Hudson River, Little Island at Pier 55, Hudson Yards and more.
The Cortland features a mix of studio to five-bedroom residences, and an assortment of expansive penthouses. Related Sales LLC and CORE Group are the exclusive co-sales and marketing agents for the project. Occupancy is slated for Summer 2022. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit www.thecortlandnyc.com.
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About Related Companies:
Related Companies is a global real estate and lifestyle company defined by innovation and the most prominent privately-owned real estate firm in the United States. Formed 50 years ago, Related is one of the largest private owners and preservationists of affordable housing in the U.S. and a fully-integrated, highly diversified industry leader with experience in virtually every aspect of development, acquisition, management, finance, marketing, and sales. Headquartered in New York City, Related has offices and major developments in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, West Palm Beach, Miami, Washington, D.C., Abu Dhabi and London, and boasts a team of approximately 4,000 professionals. With over $60 billion in assets owned or under development including the 28-acre Hudson Yards neighborhood on Manhattan’s West Side, The Square in Downtown West Palm Beach, The Grand LA and Related Santa Clara in California and The 78 in Chicago. Related was named to Fast Company Magazine’s list of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World. For more information about Related, please visit www.related.com.
About Mitsui Fudosan America:
Mitsui Fudosan America, Inc. (MFA) is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan's largest real estate company, Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd., a publicly-traded company with approximately $73 billion of assets. MFA is responsible for Mitsui Fudosan's real estate investment and development activities in North America, and is headquartered in New York City, with regional hubs in Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Honolulu. MFA has been active in the United States since the 1970s and currently owns assets in the New York City, Washington DC, Boston, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Hoboken, San Diego, and Honolulu metropolitan areas. MFA’s U.S. portfolio includes approximately 5.9 million square feet of office space, 7.0 million square feet of office space under development, 2,300 residential apartments, and 4,200 additional rental units under development, as well as 741 hotel rooms. Additionally, MFA has recently developed several condominium projects in the New York and Washington DC markets.
About Robert A.M. Stern Architects:
Robert A.M. Stern Architects is an internationally renowned, New York-based firm of architects, interior designers, landscape designers, and supporting staff. First established by Robert A.M. Stern in 1969, the practice has earned an international reputation as a leading design firm with wide experience in residential, commercial, and institutional work around the world. The firm’s extraordinary portfolio of residential buildings, combining the firm’s longstanding dedication to the design of custom houses with its deep commitment to urban place-making, is presented in the monograph City Living: Apartment Houses by Robert A.M. Stern Architects (The Monacelli Press). The firm also brings an unparalleled understanding of building in New York, developed through the firm’s acclaimed five-volume New York book series, which documents the history of the city’s architecture and urbanism from the end of the Civil War to the millennium. The firm has completed fifteen successful projects for Related: 70 Vestry, Tribeca Park, Tribeca Green, The Chatham, The Westminster, The Brompton, The Harrison, Superior Ink, Abington House on the High Line, and 261 Hudson Street, all in Manhattan; The Clarendon / One Back Bay, Lovejoy Wharf, and The Quinn in Boston; One Bennett Park in Chicago; and The Century in Los Angeles.
About Olson Kundig:
Now in its sixth decade of practice, Olson Kundig is a collaborative global design practice whose projects expand the context of built and natural landscapes. The firm’s work can be found in more than fifteen countries on five continents, spanning private and multi-family residential, interior design, hospitality, places of worship, cultural, museum, commercial, and mixed-use, as well as exhibition, product, and landscape design. With deep roots in the Pacific Northwest, the firm and its staff of over 200 works with clients around the world.
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