400 Park Avenue South
Developer: Toll Brothers City Living
Interior Architect and Designer: SAA
Building Architect: Christian de Portzamparc; Executive Architect: Handel Architects LLP
400 Park Avenue South is one of the most interesting buildings to impact the New York City skyline so far this century. At the heart of its design are organic, crystalline structures that SAA referenced in the interior through the materials selection and custom-designed kitchens and baths.
Enjoying the counterpoint to Christian de Portzamparc’s steel and glass exterior as well as to the floor-to-ceiling skyline views, SAA brought in materials chosen to ground the interiors in the natural world—riff-cut oak floors stained a light blonde, earthy marble slabs and stone tile, and glass in milk-white, smoke and bronze. The kitchen, a focal point in this open-plan design, presents an expanse of soft white in a clean wall of glass cabinetry. Against that white rises the kitchen island, a stand-alone piece of smoked-glass architecture with an angled front that is also replicated in the bathroom vanities.