By Carter B. Horsley
Element, located at 555 West
59th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and West End Avenue, is a
33-story, all-glass residential condominium building with 198
units. It was completed in 2008.
It is in the midst of cluster
of new residential towers most of which were erected at about
the same time. The others include such projects as 10 West End
Avenue, the Hudson, 245 West 60th Street and the Adagio and more
are likely to come as Fordham University has embarked on a very
ambitious building program that will add several new residential
towers to its small campus just to the south of the Lincoln Center
for the Performing Arts and as Extell Development advances with
its plans to add several major buildings designed by Christian
de Portzamparc at the south of its phalanx of towers designed
by Costas Kondylis on Riverside Boulevard where Mr. Kondylis designed
several residential towers to the north for Donald Trump.
Element was developed by Brack
Capital, which is headed by Moshe Dan Azogui, Continental Venture
Realty of which Jane Gol is a principal, and COALCO International.
About half of the units are one-bedrooms, 30 percent are two-bedrooms
and 20 percent are three bedrooms.
Apartments have 9-foot-6-inch-high
ceilings and open kitchens with Sub Zero and Bosch appliances.
Bathrooms have limestone tiling and Zuma soaking tubs. All apartments
have washers and dryers.
The building has 24-hour Abigail
Michaels concierge service, a garage, cold storage, a residents'
lounge, a fitness center, basketball and squash courts, a 60-foot
lap pool, a sundeck, a garden, and an indoor and outdoor children's
About 60 percent of the units
in the pet-friendly building have balconies.
This "new" neighborhood
is called by some observers "Columbus Circle West" or
"Lincoln Square" and it is about a 10-minute walk from
the Time-Warner Center at Columbus Circle.
SLCE is the architect.
The building's balcony pattern
gives it a pronounced "abs" look as they protrude quite
muscularly and give the tower quite a sculpted appearance.